Linda Poboto, Part 3

Text and Translation

Lirunos linda besarino aŋaka. Linda tili arenda tili bese saŋi. Lidu luguradu sano. Erenaza saka, liyenen yeremeto.

Saya nadu evi, “Linda laki koyo yeleŋe. Samas dimidimi yakato! Sadu gehevanen yaŋi!” Liyes erena dimidimi nakato aŋaka.

And then I see my uncle. He is my late grandmother’s uncle. He comes to help me. He grasps the spirits and the game with me stops.

He says to them, “This person is my daughter. Stop hitting her! Be good to her!” And then the spirits stop hitting me.

Interlinear and Explanation

Lirunos linda besarino aŋaka.

lirunos
li=runu=s
1SG=eye=LOC
linda
li=nda
1SG=SRC
besarino
besari=no
great-uncle=COME
aŋaka
aŋaka
and.then
And then I see my uncle.

Technically, besari is mother’s mother’s brother.

Linda tili arenda tili bese saŋi.

linda
li=nda
1SG=SRC
tili
tili
past
arenda
ari=nda
grandmother=SRC
tili
tili
past
bese
bese
uncle
saŋi
sa=ŋi
3SGra=MOVE
He is my late grandmother’s uncle.

Technically ari is mother’s mother’s and bese is mother’s brother. And the adjective tili, last seen modifying the noun lono ‘day’, can also modify kinship terms.

Lidu luguradu sano.

lidu
li=du
1SG=GOAL
luguradu
lugu=ra=du
help=GO=GOAL
sano
sa=no
3SGra=COME
He comes to help me.

Erenaza saka, liyenen yeremeto.

erenaza
erena=za
spirits=PATH
saka
sa=ka
3SGra=TOUCH
liyenen
liye=nen
1SG=COM
yeremeto
yere=me=to
game=IN=STOP
He grasps the spirits and the game with me stops.

Saya nadu evi, “Linda laki koyo yeleŋe.

saya
sa=ya
3SGra=CAUS
nadu
na=du
3PLra=GOAL
evi
e=vi
3PLin=OUT
linda
li=nda
1SG=SRC
laki
laki
daughter
koyo
koyo
this
yeleŋe
yele=ŋi
person=MOVE
He says to them, “This person is my daughter.

Technically, laki is a woman’s daughter or a man’s sister’s daughter.

Samas dimidimi yakato!

samas
sama=s
3SGra=LOC
dimidimi
dimidimi
with.force
yakato
ya=ka=to
3PLan=TOUCH=STOP
Stop hitting her!

Uncle does not use indirect, polite commands. He is direct, using the non-rational animate pronouns to convey an imperative.

Sadu gehevanen yaŋi!”

sadu
sa=du
3SGra=GOAL
gehevanen
geheva=nen
goodness=COM
yaŋi
ya=ŋi
3PLan=MOVE
Be good to her!”

Liyes erena dimidimi nakato aŋaka.

liyes
liye=s
1SG=LOC
erena
erena
spirits
dimidimi
dimidimi
with.force
nakato
na=ka=to
3PLra=TOUCH=STOP
aŋaka.
aŋaka
and.then
And then the spirits stop hitting me.

The conclusion will post on Monday. Have a good weekend!

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