Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Larger than life

I literally don’t have enough working hours in the day to figure out this language before starting to exegete Mark in a couple of weeks. Today’s task is to take a stab at various uniquenesses of Shiyeyi syntax, find out what are orthography deviations and what are genuine new words. That’s a complication that I underestimated in my exegetical plan: spelling corrections. The stories were done pre-orthography finalization. The thing is, a ‘word’ like akyanii may not just be a combination of akya and nii. It may be a whole new thing. Like short cut and shortcut or bad mitten and badminton (thanks, Rich and Abson). That’s what I need to determine for each word that I don’t understand… which is 90% of the words. I really am jumping in midstream here. Ah well. All I can do is what I can do before my time runs out. And, while the term indicated by time runs out is still very much in flux, I can only hope that the Wayeyi will not be horribly disappointed at my lack of speed in task accomplishment.

3 comments:

Rudowskes said...

How bout 'bad' ''mitten' and 'badminton'?

I know, it's weak.

Glad to hear you're having fun out there.

Rich & Maya

Abson, Lara, Daniella & Sophie said...
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Abson, Lara, Daniella & Sophie said...

Would "short" "cut" and "shortcut" work? We look forward to reading about your exegesis of Mark and are praying for you (all).

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