sūjōl

suujool

sūjōl

We’re still on the fourth sentence of the 18th Conlang Relay Text

sū jatāsa la jatēwa jaλāona jarōllōl ja sūjōl la macēna maranīsa masērre saŋē ē jawūña ē jāŋŋeren sawēλa jatāña janēūñ ñe anmāe;

sÅ«jōl is a one-word locative phrase. It is a contraction of sÅ« ja ōl “on top of it”. “It” refers to the wide, snow-covered table of the previous clause.

Locative phrases are peripheral phrases of a given relational. la plus a locative phrase signifies existence in a location. The locative phrases usually occur after the object, but in this sentence, and earlier in the second sentence, they have been moved to before the relational. This clarifies which of the two la relationals a phrase belongs to. For example, it is entirely grammatical to put sū jatāsa at the very end of the sentence. Doing so, however, obscures the fact that this phrase belongs with the first la clause and not the subordinate second.

“In the market square is a wide, snow-covered table, on top of which….”