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Henaudute sentence of the moment.

Φαῖνε
rule.1SG
ῥάδαν
land.ACC.SG
μάνδαθη
excellent.Γ
ὕννε?
not.1SG
Ὕντε
not.3PL
μάδῑ
woman.NOM.PL
ῥάδανα
country.INESS.SG
νεῦνευ?
1S~EMPHATIC
‘Do I not rule an excellent land? Are there no women in my own country?

(The label ‘Γ’ on μάνδαθη indicates the gender called γαρη “earth” in Henaudute; it is used chiefly for inanimate objects and parts of things that aren’t considered parts of other things.)

I only had to make up a couple of words for this one:

  • φαῖνε, infix point at φά·ινε. /pʰɑ́i.ne/ v. trans. To rule over; to govern. [Dele *pahi “lead (v.)”> *phahi (VV6) .]
  • νένε, oblique form νεῦνευ /né.ne/, /néu.neu/.  pron. I myself; my own; first person singular emphatic pronoun. [Reduplication of νε “I”.]

This story I’ve been posting fragments of is a sort of Ardan Cinderella tale.  The speaker in this line is the first Hena king, Ἥνατε /hǽːnɑ.te/.  Since it might be a while before we get to any information about other characters, I’ll let you know the oppressed sister is called Θύσσαθα /tʰús.sɑ.tʰɑ/, which means “homely”, and the cruel sister is Ῥήνθιχαρε /rʰǽːn.tʰi.kʰɑ.re/, which means “heartless”—for reasons generally explained by superstition, Hena names are almost always negative qualities; I haven’t decided whether the name Ἥνατε itself, literally ‘yellow’, was meant to be an example of this (connotations of jaundice, maybe).

I noticed as I was pulling this file out to work on that I had already translated about 21 lines of this story.  I don’t know what it is about Henaudute that lets me get so much created in it; I mentioned last time I touched this text that it was the longest bit of Henaudute I have—I think actually it’s the longest I have in any of my langs.  I seriously need to start the Henaudute texts page on FrathWiki.  (The texts page on the old website is still up, for those who want to check it out.)

 

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