Continuing with Gary’s list:
- Many little girls with wreaths of flowers on their heads danced around the bonfire.
Now that is a fun subject. With a serial predicate, at least in sodna-lɛni.
Let’s start with the predicate. The girls are dancing and they are doing it around the campfire. (Campfire, bonfire, no diff, ok?) So they tɨŋi gyadad “go to dancing” and they nokili nolako dugaŋya “close to the campfire surroundingly”. And look, a verb of motion we haven’t used yet! kili in its most basic form means to go by a location rather than to a location. The girls aren’t in the campfire, they’re by it. Prefixing kili with noya means that they are close by it.
Now for the subject. The actual subject is many little girls. The rest is modifying that subject is one big phrase (or rather series of phrases). We can do that!
68. aŋo lakina ɨsna mavna olana ha nada bɛɬɛn da maladi otni gyadadi nokɨtti nolako dugaŋya dɛstɛ.
- close to
- I’m told
68. ñi malāki mīñi nā ma la sōlle pa jawāeli jamāli rū janāola āñ ānen anjāra;
- their heads