- This article describes Modern Windermere. See Windermere/Classical for Classical Windermere.
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|Created by||IlL, Praimhín|
|Native speakers||550 million (13b0dd)|
Windermere (fi cduay Dămea /fi kduəj dəmeə/; Eevo: a birits Dymée) is a Lakovic language belonging to the Ashanic branch. Modern Windermere arose from the vernacular spoken by settlers from Imperial Wen Dămea in Pategia and Bjeheond. It is also known as Ashanian (e.g. Ntzog Xäd in Hlou, Haxānimiz /ˈʔaʃaːnimis/ in Naquian) or Tergetian (e.g. døludx Terged in Tseer, tergetosin in Clofabosin) in various Trician languages.
Today, this relatively conservative descendant of Classical Windermere is spoken in the USB, Tumhan, Pategia, and in former Windermere colonies in Txapoalli, whereas in Talma Classical Windermere was replaced with other vernaculars. With 550 million native and L2 speakers, it is the fourth most widely spoken language and the most widely spoken Lakovic language. It forms the Bjeheondian sprachbund with Netagin, Ciêng, Gwnax, and most other Bjeheondian languages.
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- 1 External history
- 2 Todo
- 3 Diachronics
- 4 Phonology
- 5 Orthography
- 6 Parts of speech
- 7 Syntax
- 8 Vocabulary
- 9 Sample texts
- 10 Poetry
Windermere is based on similarities between Hebrew and Mon-Khmer languages, such as final stress, minor syllables and head-initial syntax. Aesthetically it's also inspired by English, Romanian and Tíogall, one of my old Talmic sketches. It was originally created by Praimhín for the Fifth Linguifex Relay.
Drel ya-rie srüe thăgem ftsüen e łen = Come with me if you want to live
Lăchier e Pra haș mül mĭf brits Anggla, chăbec ngĭ fĭthnar e tchung croth șaf brits hathbur Pra șän-șän
db dg > dw, gb gd > gw gl, bd bg > bl pg
Ădoath chea thosli șa rie sed. (Dream PST reveal DAT me this) lit. A dream revealed this to me
More realistic vowel split:
- a e i o u ü → ɑ ɛ ɪ ɔ ʊ ʏ → a e ie o ua üe
- à è ì ò ù ǜ → æ e i o u y → ä ea i oa u ü
- Classical Wdm. /pʰ tʰ kʰ/ become /f θ x/; /f θ/ gain voiced realizations
- Classical Wdm. reduced vowels ă /ɔ/ and ĭ /ɨ/ merge into ă /ə/
- Breathy vowels become separate vowel phonemes:
- CWdm a e i o u ü → MidWdm ɑ ɛ ɪ ɔ ʊ ʏ → ModWdm a e ie o ua üe
- CWdm à è ì ò ù ǜ → MidWdm æ e i o u y → ModWdm ä ea i oa u ü
- Classical Windermere ts and tł merged into /ts/, while ł (Basque s in Classical) shifted to /ɬ/
- Tense particles instead of older tense inflections
- Loss of the Classical Windermere accusative particle ü
All dialects have the following consonant phonemes, but their realizations and conditions for allophony differ by accent. Below, the Standard Bjeheondian transcriptions will be given:
|m /m/||n /n/||ng /ŋ/|
|b /b/||d /d/||g /g/|
|p /p/||t /t/||c /k/||' /ʔ/|
|f /v/||th /ð/||ch /χ/|
|s /z/||ł /ɬ/||ș /ʃ/||h /h/|
|w /w/||l /l/||y /j/||r /ʁ/|
Some dialects like the Rural Fincreaș dialect retain the Classical Windermere tł as a separate phoneme /tʃ~tʂ/.
/ʔ/ and /h/ are often dropped in casual speech.
Voiceless stops /p t k/ are usually unaspirated [p⁼ t⁼ k⁼]. Voiced stops /b d g/ are fully voiced. Front fricatives /f θ s/ are by default voiced [v ð z]; they only devoice to [f θ s] when followed by an "inherently voiceless" consonant, i.e. one of /p t k ts x h ʔ/. (Thus obstruent voicing assimilation can be said to work like in Slavic languages or Israeli Hebrew.)
/əm ən əl ər/ become [m̩ n̩ l̩ ɐ] in closed unstressed syllables.
|Close||i /i/||ü /y/||u /ʉ/||ua /u/|
|Near-close||ie /ɪ/||üe /ø/|
|Diphthong||e /ae/||o /ao/|
|Mid||ea /ɛ/||ă /ə/||oa /ɔ/|
|Open||ä /æ/||ăr /ɐ/||a /ɒ/|
- /ɒ æ ɛ ɔ/ are [ɒ̝ æ̝ ɛ̝ ɔ̝].
- In most accents, ir = ier, ür = üer, ur = uar.
- Stressed ă is used mainly in loans from Tseer.
/ʁ/ vocalizes to [ɐ] when not before a vowel, as follows:
- ir = ier → [iɐ]
- ür = üer → [yɐ]
- ur = uar → [uɐ]
- ear → [eɐ]
- er → [ɛɐ]
- oar → [oɐ]
- or → [ɔɐ]
- ar = är → [aː]
- Vocalization of R has caused a chain vowel shift in Std. Wdm.:
- ie üe ua ea oa > [ɪ ø u ɛ̝ ɔ̝]
- u e o > [ʉ ae ao]
- a ä > [ɒ̝ æ̝]
Standard Windermere intonation is like Israeli Hebrew except it's more stress-timed.
Stress is almost always final, but can be non-final in function words.
Zero and C are the only permitted word-final codas. /g h ʔ/ are prohibited in coda.
Allowed initial clusters in Classical Windermere are similar to Khmer. Here is a list by type of cluster (some clusters may be listed more than once):
- Cl: pl, tl, cl, bl, dl, gl, fl, thl, chl, sl, tsl, șl
- Cr: pr, tr, tsr, cr, br, dr, gr, fr, thr, chr, sr, tsr, șr
- Cm: tm, thm, cm, chm, sm, tsm, șm
- Cn: fn, cn, chn, sn, tsn, șn
- Cng: fng, tng, thng, chng, sng, tsng, șng
- Cw: tw, thw, dw, cw, chw, gw, tsw, sw, łw, tsw, șw
- XX (two obstruents): pd, pg, ps, pș, ft, fts, fc, tb, tg, thp, thc, cb, cd, cs, cș, chp, cht, chts, tsp, tsc, sp, st, sts, sc, șp, șt, șc
Voiced stops are not allowed to begin minor syllables in roots. This rule does not apply to proper names such as Dămea.
- Main article: Windermere/Accents
Windermere uses two different scripts based on the region. Wen Dămea uses the Talman script (lăchir Talma), and Bjeheond, Tumhan, and Pategia use the Bjeheondian script (lăchir Biechănd).
This script is the one used in the Mărotłite sacred texts and other Classical Windermere texts. It descends from Talmic runes and is thus a sister of the Talmic alphabet, which is used for Talmic languages.
Consonants have capital and lowercase forms. Names and extremely respectful pronouns are written in all caps.
- Ϫϫ Շչ Ɑᶑ Ѡϙ Ғғ Ѵѵ Ƌժ Ƨƨ ſʗ = p b f t d th c g ch
- Ɨɟ ʢє Ϯ₼ = m n ng
- Ϟɥ Ɔɔ Պɱ Պ̃ɱ̃ Ʌʎ = s ł ts tł ș
- Էէ Ӿӿ Գƪ Քƍ Ֆⱷ Пп = r w y h l ʔ
The alphabetical order for the consonant letters is:
R D F L M G C B S Ł Ș Y NG T N TH P CH H W (rieth, däl, fieth, lear, mear, goal, cam, boal, sam, ła, șănat, yam, ngoath, trop, nang, thop, pa, cha, hieth, wir)
rădäf = alphabet
The vowel signs are placed to the right of the consonant letter.
- · : ; ı › ˫ ⸗ƍ ⸗ = ă ua üe ie o e ä a; :ƍ ;ƍ ıƍ ›ƍ ˫ƍ = u ü i oa ea
Parts of speech
There are two articles: the definite article fi, from the distal demonstrative fi, and the specific article se (m), from the proximal demonstrative se. Indefinite nonspecific nouns do not take an article. The English definite article, and some unpreceded English nouns such as society, man (humanity), and life, correspond closely to the Windermere definite article, but the English indefinite article can be translated into either Windermere indefinite nouns or specific nouns depending on context.
- nonspecific: Thăgem șa rie nga ies rüe șa rie imyar! = "I want her to give me some flowers! (any flowers, I don't care what flowers they are)"
- specific: Thăgem șa rie nga ies rüe șa rie se imyar! = "I want her to give me some flowers! (specific ones I have in mind)"
- definite: Thăgem șa rie nga ies rüe șa rie fi imyar! = "I want her to give me the flowers! (you and I both know what flowers)"
The nonspecific-specific distinction often makes pluralization unnecessary where English would require it:
- Rie die poar fa binfăndaw.
- 1SG NEG derive_enjoyment from NOM-test
- I don't like exams.
The articles contract with a preceding preposition such as mi 'in, at' and șa 'to, for': for example, mis, mif and șas, șaf. Before a sibilant (resp. labial), forms such as mise (resp. mifi) are used.
Modern Windermere have pronouns similar to Classical Windermere, but slightly restructured: it lost the feminine plural pronouns and added the impersonal and polite pronouns.
|I||thou (m.)||thou (f.)||thou (neopronoun)||you (polite)||he||she||they (neopronoun)||we (exc.)||we (inc.)||you (pl.)||they (an.)||impersonal|
The impersonal pronoun tung (from tăchung 'some') can be used instead of a passive voice. In fact it's more general purpose than the passive voice which can only be used to turn direct objects into subjects. As in English, the impersonal may be used to state general commands, especially prohibitions:
- Tung die lieb sä șa ngud mĭ ădoac tsrăboł.
- IMPERS NEG put fire DAT burn LOC room closed
- You don't let fire burn in a closed room.
Ĭmpra is an obsolete plural form of Pra; nowadays Pra is used regardless of number.
Łănam (capitalized in the native script) is used as a very respectful 2nd person pronoun, restricted to addressing royalty and divine figures.
rie 'I' can informally be used as an impersonal pronoun. This doesn't correspond quite to English generic you
Inanimates use the demonstrative fid (plural ĭmfid).
The gendered demonstratives sen/ses 'this man/this woman' and fin/fis 'that man/that woman' are literary.
Gender-neutral neopronouns in the 2sg informal and 3sg are considered pretty much necessary by people who want them, because singular łănam already has a function as an archaic polite pronoun. The neopronouns łe for 2sg and ie for 3sg are quickly being adopted as the default.
TODO: Correlatives table
- this: __ se (adnominal); sed (pronominal), pl. imsed
- that: __ fi (adnominal); fid (pronominal), pl. imfid
- here: rădun se, dunse
- there: rădun fi, dumfi
- who: ășac ra, șara
- what: ra
- where: rădun ra, dura
- when: ngith ra, ngithra
- how: tănsü ra; tăra
- why: fănäl ra, fnăra
- all: tsor (preposed)
- many: mea (preposed)
- some: tăchung (preposed)
- few: łüp (preposed)
- any: prang (preposed)
- other: nătha
Verbs are not conjugated, but are used with tense particles.
- Familiar (both sg and pl): Tsrin! 'Eat!'
- A little softened: tsrin e łen/łes/łănam! 'Why not eat?'
- Polite: Tsrin e Pra!
- Very polite: Tsrin e Łănam! or Hay tsrin e Łănam!
- Cohortative: Tsrin e bang! (Let's eat!)
Archaic style may use the vocative particle: Hay tsrin....
Negative imperatives are formed with taș:
- Taș hămoch fĭ thcür mĭ ăcnas hălut! = Don't climb too high on the ladder!
- Taș ămpaw e łen fĭ ădoac! = Don't you leave the room!
The copula mot is not used with adjectives. For example, 'The man is strong' = Fĭ noaf ngăwes.
The comparative is formed with rech + adjective and the superlative is formed with hă'et + adjective.
- to = good
- rech to = better
- hă'et to = best
The word for 'than' is ăngi 'surpass', and rech is not necessary when ăngi is used. Colloquially the similar-sounding ngĭ 'like' may be used instead.
For comparing two verbs or clauses, you need to use ăngi fid moang or ăngi foang, lit. 'than that which':
- Bloy Etingof chea chmi hoth rech thăfiet ăngi foang rie chea fnga thărĭșür ya ien.
- (*ăngi rie chea fnga thișür ya ien)
- Soon E. PST run COMP PROG fast surpass that_which 1SG PST can keep_up with 3SG
- Soon Etingof was running faster than I could keep up with.
There are no imperatives for adjectives; one uses ieng 'do', căfol 'become', or ămtüs 'remain' with the adjective depending on the situation. For example:
- Ieng cdeal! (familiar) or Ieng e Pra cdeal! (polite) = Be bold! (lit. do boldly) to make a wish that the addressee should act boldly. This is the most neutral imperative.
- Căfol cdeal! implies that the listener is not bold now and should be.
- Ămtüs cdeal! should be obvious: "stay bold".
- chmi (or VERB VERB) = progressive
- chea = preterite
- chea ftoal = 'used to'
- chea chmi = past progressive
- fa = perfect
- chea fa = past perfect
- per = future
- per chmi = future progressive
- hos = conditional
- fnga = can
- poar = like to
- thăgem = want to
- pdar = must
- fteal = should
- swoch fi X = the very X
- te = and
- uy = xor
- soas = or (either one of two)
- seam = but (however)
- chăbec = (higher register) however
- ăyut = but (rather)
- łüch șa = in order to
- hăbra = therefore
- pĭlang = because
- łong = (high register) because; ło = (high register) because of
- ătuach nga = although
- ya(ng) = (high register) although
- șang, łüch șa(ng) = so that
- moang = relativizer
- nga = complementizer
- tăngap (nga) = before
- łăgie (nga) = after
- swe/sweng = when, while
- șăfongtas nga = as long as
- mĭ tstoal nga = as soon as
- nüng = until
- tă'iep = on the other hand
- sach = also
- moang: of (optional)
- mĭ: locative; in, at
- ya: with
- șa: to, for
- ngĭ: like, as
- fa: ablative
- tsăbi: without
- fe: by (passive)
- ło: on, about
- cde (higher register): about, concerning
- tăngap: before
- woach: behind
- łăgie: after
- bar: through
- ștal: along
- ngĭ prăwim: according to
- nüng = until, up to
- häb = (high register synonym of nüng)
- fa... nüng... = from... to/through...
- măceaf = towards (a person)
- mĭ hoath = by means of
- mĭ rădun = instead of
- lĭștew = over, instead of
- năguł = above
- fă'üet = under
- șăbad = below
- hac = passive
- dur = come to
- cișloch = need only
- ithris = to go up
- psuy = to go down
- thușnoa = be sure to
- ruay hălșab = be permitted to
- seaf te VERB = continues to VERB
Adverbs of location
- liștew = over
- năguł = above
- fă'üet = under
- șăbad = below
- ithris = up
- psuy = down
- mif ey = on the side
- lăgoan = besides
- săfea te wăgie (from *s〈oX〉pe de w〈oX〉gi) = back and forth, to and fro
Adverbs of time
- hăsüs = yet, still
- die ... hăsüs = not anymore (NOT "not yet")
- lișnap = not yet
- smaw X = every X/by the X where X = time
- smaw tsoa/fnüd/tsănga/len = every morning/day/evening/night
- smaw roac = from time to time, every now and then
- ngieș = already
- bloy = soon
- łăduy = again
Adverbs of emphasis
- torech = rather
- yic = only
- ămic fi X, swoch fi X = (this) very X
- ătuach = even
- comes before negative: Ătuach die thăgem mălitchow ef chäth fi. 'That child doesn't even want to communicate.'
- tămo = very, very much, greatly
- Is chea dur thușrăber fa in tămo. = She came to be very resentful of him.
- tsor łăngü = at all, anyway
- eth = it does, doesn't it?
Adverbs of quantity
- șămea = a lot of, much (number or quantity)
- In lăchir șămea ło hălwier-prăcăbäs. = He writes about sociology a lot.
- łüp = a little
- tăfad = little, only a little
- ngĭ tlieb = about, approximately
- rech șămea = more
- rech tăfad = less
- ămac = enough
- mi thuyut = especially
- răngi = (verb) too much, too (adj, adv)
- răngi mea = too much
SVO, VSO in subordinate clauses with the subject marked with e; but subordinate clauses are SVO when marked with the complementizer nga
NAdj, NGen, NRel, prepositions
- Rie chmi briets cdes că'üs tes tsăctsoc.
- 1SG PROG speak about-SPEC love and-SPEC hate
- I speak of love and hate.
- Fi rüech chmi tsrin se troas.
- DEF bird PROG eat SPEC seed
- The bird is eating a seed.
Existence is indicated using ruay 'to have'; indeed, this is the more archaic meaning of ruay.
- Chea ruay rath hăngüs fa yeap.
- There were two people outside.
Modern Windermere is wh-in-situ, unlike Classical Windermere.
- swe = "while" but it takes VSO: swe căwdul ef imfnüd ("as the days go by")
- for SVO use sweng: sweng fi imfnüd căwdul
Verb phrases are usually of the form:
TENSE MARKER + NEGATION + AUXILIARY + VERB + pronominal oblique object + direct objects + nominal oblique object
- Hăyad chea rüe tsăstsus șa Inthar, seam ien chea die făntsüc chămpüe fid.
- H. PST give riddle to I. but he PST NEG succeed untangle that_noun
- Hăyad gave Inthar a riddle, but he couldn't solve it.
SVO clauses are inverted to VSO clauses after certain conjunctions. In a VSO clause the particle e must precede the subject.
Independent VSO clauses have hortative or optative meanings:
- Plachtom e chwep!
- appear NOM light
- Let there be light!
The more... the more...
- Rie die clăduang tsäl fa foang chmi nătsap. Hoth-hoth rie, căfol-căfol rie blaw.
- 1SG not receive hint from that_which PROG happen. run-run 1SG, become-become 1SG fat.
- I don't get what's going on. The more I run, the fatter I get.
moang is the relativizer. It is oftne dropped when the relative clause is short (most often with adjectives).
When the head becomes an oblique object, no resumptive pronoun is used.
English what-clauses are translated with fid moang... or foang.... foang is also used to translate the [adjective] one in English:
- Łes tsădwer ăyied ra, foang sim uy foang pday?
- 2SG.F choose box INTERR, that_which red xor that_which blue
- Which box do you choose, the red one or the blue one?
As in most Talman languages, exclamations of the form 'how...!' usually use the vocative particle ha or hay, in the construction ha(y) fi "ADJ-ness" (= 'how ADJ/ADV...') or ha(y) foang [clause] (= 'how [clause]/how much...').
- Ha fĭ hălfnărnach fĭ moșiew! Ha foang ies fnga sătsiet bang!
- VOC DEF NMLZ-awful DEF nature! VOC that_which she can teach we.INC!
- How terrible nature is! How much she can teach us! (lit. O the terribleness of nature! O that which she can teach us!)
- Hay fĭ hălwier moang ien lăleș mĭ yăgom!
- VOC DEF beauty REL he play_an_instrument LOC zither
- How beautifully he plays the zither!
Modern Windermere contains more Talmic and Hlou-Shum loanwords than Classical Windermere; even derivational affixes have been borrowed. In modern times, many Eevo loans are entering the language, to the dismay of purists.
- inherited Windermere (including Talmic loans)
- Tseer loans
- Hlou-Shum loans
- other miscellaneous loans (from Häskä, Eevo etc.)
- Ancient and Classical Windermere reborrowings
- recent Eevo loans
Note: The spellings do not approximate Classical Tseer with Modern Windermere but with Classical Windermere.
Vowels: i u e ø o a ii uu ee øø oo aa -> i u e ö o a iN uN eN öN oN aN (N assimilates to the appropriate nasal before stops/spirants, is -ng otherwise)
Consonants: m n ng -b t/-d tx ts th k/-g b d g f x s kh h -v -ð w l r y -> m n ng p t t ts ts t c b d g f s ș ch h b d w l r y
Part-of-speech changing affixes
- TODO: another nominalizer?
- 〈ĭ〉 = nominalizer for verbs
- bĭn- = nominalizer for verbs
- hăl- = nominalizer for adjectives
- să- = nominalizer
- 〈ng〉 = infix forming place nouns
- sngeaf 'world, Tricin' < seaf 'walk, go'
- 〈c〉 = infix forming instruments from verbs
- dĭ- = negation
- cha- = -less
- ĭng- = verbalizer
- mo- (+ voicing of plosives) = adjectivizer
- lă = verbalizer (how productive?)
- yă- = adjectivizer
- nu- = agentive (Classical Windermere; and productive to an extent in Modern Windermere)
- pa- = patientive (from Old Windermere *p + *ha)
- 〈năr〉, 〈măr〉 = a result/state (which becomes another adjectivizer?)
- Că(syllable S) -> Că(S reduced)(S) = diminutive
- yar 'flower' > yăryar 'little flower'
- inthar 'raven' > inthărthar 'crow'
- ‹ră› = patient noun
- pră- = patient noun, -ee
- ha- = -able, able to [intransitive verb]
- -om = augmentative
- -ith = diminutive
"Trigger" verb affixes
The "trigger" infixes usually derive verbs from other verbs. These were originally trigger affixes but had become derivational affixes to derive verbs by Classical Windermere times.
- ‹ăn/ăng› = Applicative trigger
- ‹ĭth› = Locative trigger
- ‹ăw› = Instrumental trigger
- ‹ăfong› = Destination trigger
- răfongüe 'to endow' < rüe 'to give'
- ‹ălĭs› = Comitative trigger
- ‹ăm› = Source/cause trigger
- ‹ăchem› = Benefactive/purpose trigger
- ‹ărea› = Malefactive trigger
Lexical aspect affixes
Proto-Lakovic aspects became derivational already in Classical Windermere, analogous to how PIE aspects became lexical in daughter IE languages. This mirrors the development in other Talman Lakovic languages but Windermere has been the most heavily affected.
Reduplicant uses 1st consonant (F) or last consonant (L)
- perfective = em-
- momentane = pla-
- intensive/excessive = incopyfixation of L
- distributive ("X widely, affecting many objects") = eNFă-
- inchoative/inceptive = osăL-
- graduative = tăFa-
Head-initial concatenation is often used to derive expressions that would correspond to words in English. Concatenated expressions are hyphenated, e.g. hălwier-chne 'mathematics' (lit. 'beauty of ideal/order').
The resulting meaning from concatenation is not always entirely predictable:
- tar-siet (lit. 'house of letter (character)') means 'school'.
- șän-fănaw (lit. 'word of truth') means 'major warning sign, wake-up call' in formal language.
Archaic words also appear as cranberry morphemes in some concatenated expressions. For example, sămeath-păchnay, meaning 'patriotism', literally means "honoring the king", where sămeath means 'to honor, to revere' in archaic Windermere.
Common concatenated morphemes are:
- tar = places (lit. 'house of')
- hălwier = '-logy' (lit. 'beauty of')
- This is a calque from the same usage of tadaakh 'beauty' in Tseer.
- wang = 'matter, affairs'
- ngoth = 'manner, way'
- sces = 'style of, à la'
- ăma = 'proto, ur-' (lit. 'mother of')
- tam = 'full of, -ive, -ful'
I: Tsi'eth ămtüs mi hăllithăhuł soas mi hăltsăliet rădoan, srüe die tłith'ach e sănguac ło fid.
object remain LOC NOMZ-stationary or LOC NOMZ-speed constant, if not act NOM force on that_PRON
I: An object stays at rest, or at a constant speed, unless a force acts on it.
II: Fi ălcifol ło fi hălpășad moang fteach fid sibaganangch mif sănguac moang tung șithcats șafi fteach; te fi ălcifol ișrom șawim fi șădong glan moang tung șithcats fi sănguac yătăngap ło fid.
DEF <VN>change on DEF STAT-ACT-move of body that_PRON proportional LOC-DEF force REL IMPERS apply DAT-DEF body; and the <VN>change occur along DEF line straight REL IMPERS apply DEF force aforementioned on that_PRON
II: The change in the momentum of a body is proportional to the force applied to the body; and the change occurs along the straight line on which that force is applied.
III: Tsor binșithcats ruay se binșithcats-căräng thür.
all action have SPEC action-against equal
III: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
You are not obligated to complete the work, but...
- Łen die nămărłof şa cĭthloch se thĭbur, tă'iep łen die pluam șa măreado fid. (Mișna, Pircey Abot 2’21”)
- 2SG.M NEG obligated to complete SPEC work, but_also 2SG.M NEG free to abandon DEM_DIST
- You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it. (Mishnah, Pirkei Avot 2:21)
Bang fa bin'ătsoal fĭ lăhoal fĭ sngeaf ĭmtriem, te fa păfonglis fĭ ĭmșășur bang ya tsăngua te gow mĭ thusăyüer chngăfi, häb nga tsip crĭrath, päd fnga frel e nam săwim, ănam hos rĭstey fĭ chlăpsür mĭ wă'ua croth.
1PL.IN PERF enslave DEF rest DEF world PL-animal, and PERF treat DEF PL-cousins 1PL.IN with fur and feather ADV evil so_much, until COMP without doubt, if_counterfactual POT transmit NOM 3PL.AN story, 3PL.AN COND imagine DEF villain in form human_being.
Srüe ruay e croth patsrin, te die ruay ef păcrit rus, te rüe e sed șa fid, yic ya sămĭrüe łĭthad tsip neab te tămĭseath e fid swoch, lea mot bĭntănse hașĭthbech? Tieth, fid mot mĭtse paw yătĭthun moang bĭnłăcthie! Thăbur ef croth ngĭ nuthbur papluas mĭ-thäș, șang fid plang łos ĭmsrup te thusămpey moang thăprea. To, fĭ mocănłin Pra lea chĭthud srüe ngil e rie "Seth" mĭ łäm "croth"? - Ne-Sim
- Șa ftsüen uy șa răchta, sed fĭ bĭnbiets fănaw.
- To live or to die, this.PRON DEF question real
- To be or not to be, that is the question.
(This line is in the Windermere alexandrine)
From the Internationale
- Ămflü, hay tsor pachărea'i fi sngeaf!
- arise, VOC all PAT-scorn DEF world
- Arise, all ye scorned ones of the world!
Binhithma lăchpaș cdef imłin croth
Tsor croth fa ășeal pluam te thür mis hăltsăbas tes imłin. Tung răfongüe nam yas hălpăthin tes bintochur, te pdar thușnoa e nam tănse fidoan măceaf nătha mis șăgor hălchăsräf.
all human PERF be_born free and equal in-SPEC dignity and-SPEC PL-right. IMPERS endow 3PL with-SPEC reason and-SPEC conscience, and must make_sure NOM 3PL act one towards other in-SPEC spirit ABST-fellow
(Mategian; Bjeheondian) [ts̠or̥ kʰr̥oð vä ʔɘˈʂeəl pʰluəm tʰe ðyr mis hlˈtsəbäs tʰes ʔimˈɬin ‖ ʔɘnäm häk rɘvoˈŋyə jäs̠ hlpɘˈðin tʰes̠ hls̠liθˈʔa, tʰe pʰɘdar ðuʃˈnoə ʔe näm tʰnze viˈdoən mɘˈkʰeəv nɘˈðä mis̠ ʂəˈɣor̥ hlxɘzˈræf]
(Wen Dămea) [tso̞:r kʰr̥o̞:ð fä əˈʃeːɤˁ pʰχˁuəm tʰe̞ θy:r mis hɤˁˈtsɑ:s tʰe̞s imˈɬi:n ‖ ənä:m häk rəvo̞ˈŋyə jäs hɤˁpəˈðin tʰe̞s hɤˁsʁˁiθˈʔa, tʰe̞ pʰta:r θuʃˈnoə ʔe̞ nä:m tʰənse̞: fiˈdoən məˈkʰeəv nəˈðä: mis ʃko̞:r hɤˁxəzˈre:v]
The Round Table
This passage is from the Imthumitil Păchlac, a retranslation of the Imθumăytil into Modern Windermere by Yăchef Clay.
Mĭ ngith doan chea chmi dur es tach ĭmchäth mĭs mogor lĭtheath. Fĭ Pĭda Brăwied chea sray bĭntăbiets: "Łănam mot mea ra hăngüs?"
Swe chea chmi chnung e müets ĭmchäth hăsüs, se doan chäth chea plawăsma: "Șrüch stiw! Ruay mĭ tsum ĭmmognas tach dunse, ĭmmălin thaf müets, ĭmchustiw liew, ĭmchusmäch thaf müets, ĭmchumüets tach, te doan ĭmchutach."
Prăyon nga fĭ Pĭda Brăwied chea tăbiets: "Wăhang, hos ruay mea ra hăngüs, srüe placäp e do croth hĭboath șaf tĭ'uar?"
Ăfĭfay chea că'aw e fied: "Lea sed die placănărnga, fĭ Pĭda? Bang ruay tsor tĭ'uar palüc, sach se făbeang ĭmtĭ'uar nătha yaf croth mălem!"
Fĭ Pida chea sngiem șaf chäth mĭ ngil, "Fĭ chäth se eth ruay hăltsrüeng te thăpal fănaw."
Original (Classical Wdm.)
Ngiiθ dur se taχ χaaθ mogor. Tăbiits φin Pĭda Brăwid: "Măra łĭnam?"
Mi-ăngnuung căχθaaθ năθa emrĭtsal sen doon: Șrüχ te-stiiw: taχ mognas, θaφ te-müts θraaφ, liw stăliiw, θaφ te-müts mălsaaχ, taχ mălüüts, doon tălaχ."
Tăbits φin Pĭda Brăwid: "Ǎna mee ra, srü hĭdeen croθ năθa?"
Eφθooc φin χaaθ, "Op cănga, φin Pĭda: tsor pădiχ φnărtaang, te ămsaχ păχwădiχ năθa ya φin croθ φi!"
Esngim φin Pĭda Brăwid șa φin χaaθ șa-ngiil, "Ăruy șa-χaaθ ses tsărüng te sen θăpal φănaw φănaw."
Once, six children were in a round table. Master Brăwied asked them a question: "How many people are you?"
While five children were still counting, one child called out: "Sixty-three! Specifically, 6 individuals, 15 teams of two, 20 teams of 3, 15 teams of 4, 6 teams of 5, and one team of 6."
Then Master Brăwied asked: "Well then, how many people will be there if another person joins the group?"
The child replied: "Isn't that obvious, Master? We'll have all of the old teams, as well as another set of teams with the new person!"
The Master praised the child, saying, "This child has wisdom and understanding indeed."
Warming Up to You
Tuach ya snar nga łen per răchta mi neab
Rie pănea mi ses hălsieth łen,
Tsin cămșuth es sădoan hălsieth se hălngărătiew –
Fi imcnul hălsnar;
Fin tslües, sem fa tănet e łen mif căngtseth se
Te per ăloth ris șa tăgoa.
even with know COMP 2SG.M FUT die LOC end
1SG dwell LOC-SP warmth 2SG.M
because nurture NOM-DEF same warmth SP curiosity
DEF PL-leaf knowledge
DEF garden REL PERF plant NOM 2SG.M LOC-DEF plot_of_land this
and FUT keep up DAT eternity
Rhyming works similarly to English (two words rhyme if rimes agree).
A literary Windermere meter is determined by
- The number of syllables in a line (which might alternate);
- A sequence of accentual feet making up each line (usually anapaests and iambs, with the occasional trochee);
- Zero or more caesurae in each line.
The most common meter in literary verse by far is the anapestic tetrameter: (u)uSuuSuuSuuS. It is also used in the King Sămtsay Song, the Windermere national anthem.
Iambic meters and meters that use a combination of iambs and anapests are also used. An iambic meter that goes back to Classical Windermere verse is the chinung tălach ('hexad meter', more literally 'hexad count'), a form of alexandrine where each line consists of two iambic trimeter hemistichs separated by a caesura. The first of each group of three feet may occasionally be a trochee.
Fantasy author Srăga Tsayfuan used a variety of meters for the poetry in his novels to express the songs sung by the various races. For example, he uses the alexandrine and other "Classical" meters to render Elvish poetry:
Mi seaf imfnüd se doach, mi tsmüng ăbüch mosrel,
Tes tsor hălpduth șăm'it — lăha, chnet fa mi yem!
Rănoat ef loc Dămath, dicleap yaf imhăcwel;
Doar bang, yăsnar, tămnüth, mi sngom se chwep păhem.
— faf chnur Dsüłăf
LOC walk PL-day SP summer LOC come darkness wintry,
and all hope vanish — look ray from afar
spin_intransitive NOM-DEF wheel fortune, indifferent with-DEF PL-sweat;
yet 1PL.IN, skillful, work_hard, in seek SP light early_morning
As summer days trudge on, and meet the winter soil,
And all hope comes to naught — light shines from far away.
Let Fortune turn her wheel, oblivious to our toil;
We skilled ones persevere and seek the light of day.
— from Dzüłəf's Song
Some other meters are:
- Free verse
- Rhyming prose, like poetic sections of the Imθumăytil