CONLANG Translation Relay 25

Ring A Laefêvëši

Ring A next: iljena
Ring A previous: Dek Sisag

English Translation

A very scared child
He told me that on this day a fox came to town.
It doesn't notice that it actually came to such a place.
Does it want food and is it looking for it near the hole in the tree that from time to time obscures its hole?
The child says that he hopes the fox doesn't accidentally eat Timas at any point.
I ask whether Timas is healthy.
The child says that he found Timas in the water and he [=Timas] has slept near its hole in the tree many times.
Then I ask if Timas is a bird.
The child says that he has an idea and this idea is his grandparent's spirit lives in the bird.
His father's father was called Timas.
His grandfather's left arm had a wound and the bird's left wing also has a wound.
So he [=the child] hopes that the fox doesn't eat the bird.


Hkieviggi nior
Linnas ve, í altusólau lēale hjannais kønna.
Šēppalakses, í nalul hjannais þodášer.
Ullasei þiereu u te marranasei koj klērau kâlul, á jatokaj lučellas njîklērau.
Nior lonnas, í daonnas, í kønna maihjanus Timasau vrē þiuttalaksi.
Tennata, Timas fjøisávas.
Nior lonnas, í Timaseu tinnais eailu l-anj laevrē tennais koj njîklērau kâlul.
Klen tennata, Timas illelávas.
Nior lonnas, í ennas losineside li losinól ás, í illelu rinnatas njammeddiri kami.
Viella njavviellada naittaisse Timas.
Njammeddiri janli ød žeivisáis il illeiri janli dylt žeivisáiseit.
Šan daonnas, í kønna þiuttalaksi illeda.


Laefêvëši is a language originally spoken by highly evolved or ascended humanoids only but it's nowadays used a major lingua franca across my conworld by regular humans.


The default word order is VSO but otherwise free. Agglutiantive. Pro-drop.

Adjectives typically come before nouns.

Nouns inflect for number and case (the relevant endings are provided below). Some nouns may undergo stem changes when inflecting. Adjectives agree with the noun in case and number.

Verbs inflect for number, person, tense, and mood (the order is STEM-mood-number-tense-person-negation). The verbal stem may undergo changes when inflected (forms provided in square brackets [] below). Verbs are inherently either perfective or imperfective.

The verb “allas” (to be) usually becomes á- or lá- when inflected and it can combine with a preceding adjective to form a single word (the final -I of the adjective is dropped).

When transitive verbs are negated, the object switches from accusative to genitive.

Possessivity is typically expressed by possessive adjectives (suffxes, derived from nouns); and personal possessive pronouns, which are attached to the beginning of the noun they modify and cause gemination of the following consonant.

Some pronouns and numerals can be clitised and attached to the end of a noun.


altus – day
anj – already
allas (ipfv, pfv) – to be
daovaj [daonn-] (ipfv) – to hope
dylt – wing
eai – water,
evaj [enn-] (ipfv) – to have,
fjøisi (adj) – healthy
hjavaj [hjann-] (pfv) – come, arrive
hkievisi (adj) – frightened, scared, fearful
í (conj) – that
il, l-, u – and
ille – bird
janli (adj) – left
jatokaj – occasionally, intermittently, from time to time
kâl – tree
kami – spirit, soul, one’s spiritual essence
klen – then, at that point, on that occasion
klēr – hole
koj – near (takes genitive)
kønna – fox
laevrē – on many occassions, many a time, many times
lēa – town
livaj [linn-] (ipfv) – to say, tell, narrate
losin – idea, thought,
lovaj [lonn-] (pfv) – to say
lučealaj [lučeall-] (pfv) – to cover, obscure, block
maihjan – accident, chance, case
marvaj [marran-] (ipfv) – to search, seek, look for
mehd [medd-] – grandparent, grandfather, grandmother
naiviej [naitt-] (ipfv, refl) – to be called, be named
nal – truth,
nior – child, kid
ød – arm
šan – so, therefore, thus,
šēplaej [šēppal-] (ipfv, refl) – to be aware (of), realise, be conscious (of)
te – third p. sg. accusative
tenvij [tennat-] (pfv) – to ask
tevaj [tenn-] (ipfv) – to sleep
Timas – personal name
þier – food
þiuvij [þiutt-] (pfv) – to eat, eat up
þod – place, space, location
tivaj [tinn-] (pfv) – to find
u – and
ulaj [ull-] (ipfv) – to want,
ve – first p. sg. accusative
viella – parent, father, mother
vrē (unspecified temporal adv) – when, ever, sometime
žeivisi (adj) – injured, wounded

Suffixes and Clitics

-(a)l – subjunctive mood
-(a)t – admirative mood
-(a)v – hypothetical mood
-áš – such
-au – genitive sg.
-da – genitive sg.
-de – accusative sg.
-ei – question suffix
-eit – also, too, as well
-er – sublative sg.
-esi – one (numeral)
-eu – accusative sg.
-i – past tense
-iggi – eminentive degree (ie. “very”)
-iri – possessive adjective
-ksi – third person negative
-le – illative sg.
-lu – inessive sg.
-ól – proximal demonstrative (ie. “this”)
-s – third person (verbal conjugation)
-se – third p. sg. reflexive (combines with -ksi to form -kses)
-ul – inessive sg.
-us – perlative sg.


njî- – reflexive possessive
nja- – third p. singular possessive

page started: 2018.Jan.27 Sat
current date: 2018.Jan.29 Mon
content originated by Andrej Schütz
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