The Nineteenth Conlang Relay

Urianian by Lars Finsen

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Transliteration of the Urianian

Zum ma ju zum mel lian klifu, decrei. Zum ma sye zumai mel: Minam jut e karnu eli vrizleti. Mas dalji: Nion udiant.
Tuni gend miljon yri brezin, pterodaktyl ju tyrannosaur ciman bire. "Da, gyr liid, decrei?" pterodaktyl sye zumant.
"Zait, lakant nion udavant jut e karnu eli vrizleti," zum mel dalji.
"Ni lakat gimai," sye pterodaktyl. "Meant birde lisei umi karna eli."
Pterodaktyl efi bimbit bidei biri kakzai vrizlet briti mikt.
Tyrannosaur edurdi eb klifai imi briti meks semul. Ni digri pterodaktyl cimi bidan vridi.
"Utjami favna retan juder," sye. "Ju zapken mae bulun betzet ran ju rama flikan vid."
"Ai, garm e encimei jan karna eli," zum ma sye.
"Ni intam nion, nion utavant," melas sye. "Sakcam mikt megi."
Gregi ziv tumja tyrannosaurus cimpi saini "Utjami bil megi sarit," sye. "Ju meg urzet raan dretu ramja bulun niket bil fani."
"Ni din fet," zum ma sye.
"Meks min em nia," melas sye. "Nia kinam feti."

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Grammar notes for Urianian

A grammar of the Urianian language is here.
Some time ago is specified by using the past participle of the verb brezid, "pass". After some time, may be expressed as on the "back" of it. You will find a relatively frequent use of participles, so make sure to look up the participle endings in the verbal section (9b) if any verbal ending puzzles you. You will find a section on prepositionals in the "Adjectives etc." section, that may be handy when you need to understand movement and relations.

Glossary of Urianian

adurdid (v4) march, saunter
ai (int) oh
betze (nf) grass
bidde (v2) fly
bil (adv) very
bimnu (ni) wing
bir (nn) being over
birde (v2) go
bire (adv) by, past
brezid (v3) pass
brit (nn) speed
bulun (adj) full
cimpid (v4) return
cinde (v2) come (root cim-)
da (adv) so, really, thus, then
daljid (v4) answer
decrid (v4) be bored
digur (nn) long time, long while
din (adv) so
dret (nm) beach, riverside, lakeside
eb (adv) up, upwards
efid (v3) take, grab
eli (adj) other
encinde (v2) not come
etid (vi) be
fan (adj) delicious
favun (nm) tree
fet (adj) good
feti (adj) better
flikte (v2) shimmer, glitter
garm (adj) woeful, sad
gend (num) 100
greg (nm) back, behind
gyr (adv) here
intid (v4) fathom, understand deeply
ju (conj) and
juder (num) 4
karun (nm) side
kinde (v2) understand, know
klif (nm) hillside
jut (pron) what
lakte (v2) bemoan, be sorry
lide (v1) lie, lay
liste (v2) find out
ma (adj) big
ma (nm) big one
mede (v1) could, can, may, be able to
megi (adv, adj) much, many
meks (adj, adv) more
mel (adj) little
mikt (adj) great
mikt (adv) greatly
miljon (nm) 1000000
min (adj) satisfied, pleased, happy
minde (v2) wonder
ni (adv) not
nia (adv) now
niku (ni) lamprey
nion (adv) never
pterodaktyl (nm) pterodactyl
rade (v1) grow
ram (nm) river
ret (nm) trunk
saide (vi) say
sakcid (v4) be sorry, grieve
saru (ni) shrew
semul (adj) moderate, comfortable, gentle
tum (nn) time
tun (nm) day
tyrannosaur (nm) tyrannosaur
udid (v3) know
urz (nm) bramble
utid (v3) spy, witness, see
vid (adj) broad, wide
vrid (nn) return
vrizla (nf) mountain
yr (nm) year
zait (int) yes
zapke (nf) valley
ziv (adj) considerable, not a little
zum (nm) rock

The noun classes, nf, nm, nn, ni, you will find in the grammar, likewise the verb classes v1-v4. Two irregular verbs are marked vi. You will find their conjugation at the bottom of the verb section. Any word not listed here are most likely to be found in the tables of pronouns or the list of demonstratives in the noun section.

English translation of Urianian text

A big and a small rock lay on a hillside getting bored. The big one said to the little one: "I wonder what's on the other side of the mountain." The other replied: "We will never know."
One day a 100 million years ago, a pterodactyl and a tyrannosaur happened to pass by.
"So, you two are lying around here getting bored?" the pterodactyl said to the rocks.
"Yes, we are so sorry that we will never know what's on the other side," the little rock replied.
"You don't need to be sorry," the pterodactyl said. "We can go and look for you."
The pterodactyl took to its wings and swished over the mountain top at a certain speed. The tyrannosaur marched up the mountain side in a somewhat more easy pace. Not long afterwards the pterodactyl returned.
"I have seen a tree with four trunks," it said. "And a big valley full of green grass and a glittering wide river."
"Oh, woe that we cannot go to the other side," said the big rock.
"I cannot fathom that we never, never will see it," said the little one. "I am very, very sorry."
A good while afterwards the tyrannosaur returned, saying: "I have seen very many shrews," it said. "And many brambles growing on the side of a river full of very delicious lampreys."
"This is not so good," said the big rock.
"I am more happy now," said the little one. "Now I understand better."
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