CONLANG Translation Relay 25

Ring A Maurang

Ring A next: Angosey
Ring A previous: Dec04 Original


A woman was afraid.
"There is a coconut crab* in my house!" said the woman to me.
"I don't know why the coconut crab is there," I sad to her.
It seemed that it was hungry: it opened the refrigerator. "I hope it doesn't eat Tomas."
"Is Tomas in the refrigerator?"
"No. There is a large vessel there."
I discovered that Tomas was a large fish.
"You know that the coconut crab wants to eat the fish," said the woman.

Text in Maurang

Qallcav mjytlcyyb.
"Xwar lajeq ysjek kjeswehylwe!" mce'yk swemjytlcyybyd jelle.
"Bje berwymel e-sh swelajeq dym lejny" mce'ykel yjny.
Bjyshev e-vypajmev: ykaryk dwegamet. "naasel e-hykyng bje Temas."
"Sha-sh Temas ysjek dwegametewe?"
"Bje. She setw qely."
Bernwahykel e-pyng qely Temas."
"Berwymeq e-cyxle swelajqyd e-hykyng swepyng" mce'yk swemjytlcyyb.

Maurang Grammar


Maurang is VSO and head-modifier. For copular constructions in the present tense, a null copula is used, although the order of constituents is reversed from what an English speaker would naturally expect.

Normally, the negative particle *bje* precedes the verb, but it moves immediately after the verb when the subordination marker *e-* is added.

General Morphology Notes

An epenthetic *-e-* (pronounced as a schwa) is sometimes inserted to break up consonant clusters. In general, Maurang phonotactics do not allow consonant clusters in onsets or codas, and only two consonants at most may come together across a syllable boundary. Furthermore, an approximant may not immediately follow another consonant (orthographic sequences that seem to violate this rule are digraphs indicating consonants with secondary articulations).

Maurang also does not like vowel sequences, and inserts /h/ between pairs of vowels that come together (again, orthographic double vowels represent something else).

Nominal Morphology


Maurang is Ergative. The only regular case endings that you will see here are the Ergative case in *-yd* and the Oblique case in *-we*.

Pronouns and Their Irregular Declension

Pronouns decline in a manner that can seem quite irregular. The forms you'll see here are as follows:

jelle First Person Singular (Dative)
lejny Relative Pronoun (Dative)
yjny Third Person Singular (Dative)


There is a definite article *swe-*, which is prefixed to the noun in question.

Possessive Suffixes

These fuse with the case endings, although you can usually discern the form without too much trouble. The only one you'll see if *-ylwe*, a first person singular possessor attached to a noun in the Oblique case.

Verbal Morphology

Person and Number Marking

There are two personal endings used in this text, both singular: *-l* (first person) and *-q* (second person). Additionally, the third person singular is unmarked. These suffixes are used to mark both subject and object, and thus more than one may occur on a given verb, although there are no instances of that in the text.

TAM Marking

The two TAM markers you will see are *-v* (imperfective past) and *-yk* (perfective past). Both are placed before personal endings.


Subordinate clauses are introduced by *e-*, which is attached to the verb or initial element of a copular construction.

Interrogative sentences are introduced by *sha-*, which behaves just like *e-*.


bernwa v to find out, learn/discover (by chance)
berwym v to know (a fact)
bje part not, no
bjysh v to seem, it seems
cyxle v to want
dwegamet n refrigerator
dym prep for, for the purpose of
hykyng v to eat
kjeswe n house, dwelling
laj(e)q n a large land crab similar to a coconut crab
mce' v to say
mjytlcyyb n woman
naas v to hope, wish
qallca v to be afraid, +GEN: to fear
qely adj big, large
pyng n fish
setw n pot, large bowl, bucket, vessel (for storage of liquid)
sh(e) v to be (in a place)
Temas n (a male name)
vypajme adj hungry
xwar v there is, there are (existential verb)
ykar v to lift, raise, (of storage devices) open
ysjek prep in, inside of

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