Test Sentences, 89

Continuing with Gary’s list:

  1. Toward the end of August the days grow much shorter.

Days grow shorter. Hmm. Days grow longer could be done with eyevi, which is evi prefixed to remove an otherwise required source. Now how do I do the equivalent (remove an argument) from É›mÉ›mÉ›? Let’s see. I’ve already used A eyÉ›mÉ› D to mean that A is made out of D, so that’s out. But I have no use for mÉ›hÉ›mÉ›, indeed I’ve disallowed it. Well, scratch that, here’s a good use for it. So: lonɨdi eyevi goɬi “days get longer” and lonɨdi mÉ›hÉ›mÉ› usi “days get shorter”. You might recognize goɬi as the adverb “for a long time” or “for some time”. usi would be “for a short time”.

And then we will use a serial predicate: days approach the end of the season and grow much shorter.

120. lonɨdi notɨŋi bɨlɨs da gada mɛhɛmɛ usi no.

lonɨdi
day.MTpl
no-
near
tɨŋi
tɨŋi.IMP
bɨlɨs
season.SSsg
da
PS
gada
end.SSsp
mɛh-
out
ɛmɛ
ɛmɛmɛ.IMP
usi
short time
no
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