We’re on the seventh sentence of the 14th Conlang Relay Text:
se jasÄla mo mamÅri ma setenne jaxÄeli jÄ«lli;
The word mamÅra is the word for “moon” and is animate for the same reason that the word for sun is animate: because. OK, because the sun and the moon and some other natural phenomena are traditionally considered to be persons. mamÅri is in the collective because if TÄ“rjemar has moons, it has more than one.*
More on this sentence tomorrow.
We’re on the fourth sentence of the 14th Conlang Relay Text:
se jalÄÃ±a mo anlÅki ja senne jalÅni jacÄlli;
Again we have se jalÄÃ±a “give praise” and a mo phrase to clarify. anlÅki is a collective noun meaning “sunlight”. There’s another word (anlÅ«i) that means simply light, so anlÅki is more specific.
the set of four moons.
Neil Comins has a lot to answer for.
TÄ“rjemar had no moon until I read What If the Moon Didn’t Exist. Then I decided to give it four, ’cause one was boring, and two would lead to dualism, and three is triadism, and the sacred number is four anyways. So, now I am reading What If the Earth Had Two Moons, and thinking that that might be too unstable and unworkable and oh, fudge. Well, regardless of how many moons TÄ“rjemar does or does not have, this is still a valid word. So there.
having to do with moons, lunar. This is a generic word for lunar. Each actual moon (if any) has it’s own version of Lunar, so this one refers to something all moons would have in common.
the sun. An obligatorily animate noun, even though the sun is technically not a person.
sky. KÄ“len has two words that mean essentially ‘sky’. This is one of them. This is sometimes taken to mean ‘daytime sky’, and is the more prosaic word for ‘sky’. When in doubt for which word to use, use this one.
se jawÄel wÄ«jte mo mÄrÅni mÄ“ltÄri sÅ« ankÄ“ji tÄ;
Three rings for the elven kings under the sky.
sele jataÃ±Ä“n mo lerÅÃ±a to jamÄonre il jaxÄela;
I enjoy seeing the city at night.