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Albandarian
A˩˧ba˥˩hi˥˧
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Albandarian (natively A˩˧ba˥˩hi˥˧ [a˩˧ba˥˩çi˥˧]) is a language isolate spoken natively by the Albandarian people (A˩˧ba˥˩dei˩˥ [a˩˧ba˥˩dei˩˥]), a fairly short-lived amphibian of the tropical, archipelago-rich ocean planet Alba (A˩˧ba˥˩ [a˩˧ba˥˩]) and their colony worlds.

Current Objectives:

Describing Albandarian grammar

Describing the native writing system

Phonology Edit

Consonants Edit

Bilabial Labiodental Alveolar Palato-alveolar Palatal Velar
Nasal m n ŋ
Plosive p b t d k g
Fricative f v s z ʃ ʒ ç ʝ
Affricate t͡ʃ d͡ʒ
Approximant l
  • All consonants can occur as onsets, except ŋ, which only appears as a syllabic consonant.
  • The consonants m, l, and n can be either onsets or syllabic consonants.
  • There are no codas.

Vowels Edit

Front Back
Close i u
Close-mid e o
Open a

Diphthongs Edit

a e i o u
a ia ua
e ie oe ue
i ai ei oi ui
o ao io uo
u iu ou

Triphthongs Edit

i u
ai uai
ao iao
ei uei
ou iou

Tones Edit

Albandarian has a complex tonal system consisting of three pitch tones (˥, ˧, ˩), three falling tones (˥˧, ˥˩, ˧˩), three rising tones (˩˧, ˩˥, ˧˥), and four complex contour tones (˥˧˥, ˧˥˧, ˧˩˧, ˩˧˩). The following table provides examples of each in the order they traditionally have on Alba.

˥ ˧˥ ˥˧˥ ˥˧ ˧˥˧ ˧ ˧˩˧ ˩˧ ˩˥ ˩˧˩ ˥˩ ˧˩ ˩
Ta˥ Ta˧˥ Ta˥˧˥ Ta˥˧ Ta˧˥˧ Ta˧ Ta˧˩˧ Ta˩˧ Ta˩˥ Ta˩˧˩ Ta˥˩ Ta˧˩ Ta˩
habit, to practice to contrast canal rust art horizon to come, to arrive pest, to annoy petal echo, to echo coral to twist dirt

Tonal Sandhi Edit

Albandarian has a fairly intuitive sandhi to aid in pronunciation. It goes as follows.

Sandhi Transcription Realization
˥˧˥ + ˥˧˥ → ˥˧ + ˧˥ Ou˥˧˥zei˥˧˥ 'student' Ou˥˧zei˧˥
˧˥˧ + ˧˥˧ → ˧˥ + ˥˧ Cai˧˥˧cho˧˥˧ 'spaceship' Cai˧˥cho˥˧
˥˧˥ + ˧˥˧ → ˥˧˥ + ˥˧ So˥˧˥fe˧˥˧ 'sorghum' So˥˧˥fe˥˧
˧˥˧ + ˥˧˥ → ˧˥˧ + ˧˥ Cho˧˥˧tu˥˧˥ 'submarine' Cho˧˥˧tu˧˥
˩˧˩ + ˩˧˩ → ˩˧ + ˧˩ Zui˩˧˩ si˩˧˩ nia˧˥ 'ten stars' Zui˩˧ si˧˩ nia˧˥
˧˩˧ + ˧˩˧ → ˧˩ + ˩˧ Foe˧˩˧ta˧˩˧ 'to come in' Foe˧˩ta˩˧
˩˧˩ + ˧˩˧ → ˩˧˩ + ˩˧ Zui˩˧˩pie˧˩˧ 'seventeen' Zui˩˧˩pie˩˧
˧˩˧ + ˩˧˩ → ˧˩˧ + ˧˩ Pie˧˩˧zui˩˧˩ 'seventy' Pie˧˩˧zui˧˩

Orthography Edit

When Albandarian is transcribed using the Latin alphabet, most phonemes are written the same as their IPA symbols. The ones that do not are written as listed in the table below.

Phoneme Grapheme Example
/d͡ʒ/ j /d͡ʒe˧˥/ Je˧˥ 'bay'
/t͡ʃ/ ch /t͡ʃe˧/ Che˧ 'late morning'
/k/ c /ke˧˥/ Ce˧˥ 'crimson, regret'
/ʒ/ zh /ʒe˩˧˩/ Zhe˩˧˩ 'hello, welcome'
/ʃ/ sh /ʃe˩/ She˩ 'foot'
/ʝ/ y /ʝe˥˧/ Ye˥˧ 'meadow'
/ç/ h /çe˥˧/ He˥˧ ' never
/ŋ/ ng /ŋ˥˧/ Ng˥˧ 'soldier'

When Albandarian is transcribed using its own writing system, most phonemes have a separate symbol. The ones that do not are written with the equivalent of what is listed in the table below.

Phoneme Grapheme Example
/d͡ʒ/ [di] /d͡ʒe˧˥/ [die˧˥] 'bay'
/t͡ʃ/ [ti] /t͡ʃe˧/ [tie˧] 'late morning'
/ʒ/ [zi] /ʒe˩˧˩/ [zie˩˧˩] 'hello, welcome'
/ʃ/ [si] /ʃe˩/ [sie˩] 'foot'

These disparities in spelling are due to phonemic shifts which have occurred in Albandarian since the latest spelling reform.

Phonotactics Edit

The syllable structure of Albandarian is very simple, only allowing a (C)V structure where the optional onset can be any single consonant besides ŋ and the nucleus can be a vowel, a diphthong, a triphthong, or one of four syllabic consonants (l, m, n, or ŋ). Syllabic consonants cannot pair with an onset.not pair with an onset.

Vocabulary Edit

Example Sentences of Albandarian
I am a man.
Vi˩˧˩ ma˧˥ ai˥. (lit. I am [a] male.)
I love you.
Li˧˩ ma˧˥ vi˩˧˩ba˥ mao˥˧. (lit. You are my heart) (most commonly used equivalent)

Vi˩˧˩ a˥˧ li˧˩. (literal translation)

I will give you horses.
Vi˩˧˩ da˧˩ hio˥˩ li˧˩ mo˧˥yi˧˥. (lit. I [will] soon give you horse[s].)
Do you hear the sound from the east?
Li˧˩ li˩ma˥ di˥˧ ou˧˥ za˥˧ hai˧˩ cui˥? (lit. You hear what sound comes from [the] east?)

Li˧˩ ma˥ di˥˧ ou˧˥ za˥˧ hai˧˩ cui˥? (lit. You perceive what sound comes from [the] east?)

This is a constructed language.
Hi˥˧ e˥˩ ma˧˥ga˧ hi˥˧ ba˥ la˩l˩. (lit. This language has been [a] language of purposeful construction.)

The Number System Edit

The Albandarian number system is decimal.

To derive words such as first, second, etc. one simply attaches the word ma˥ to the end of the number.

  • Li˥ma˥ = first
  • Mu˧˥ma˥ = second
  • Cho˩˧zui˩˧˩pie˧˩˧ma˥ = eighty-seventh

0 - Ao˩

1 - Li˥

2 - Mu˧˥

3 - Ne˥˧˥

4 - Bo˥˧

5 - Da˧˥˧

6 - Giu˧

7 - Pie˧˩˧

8 - Cho˩˧

9 - Cia˩˥

10 - Zui˩˧˩

11 - Zui˩˧˩li˥

12 - Zui˩˧˩mu˧˥

13 - Zui˩˧˩ne˥˧˥

14 - Zui˩˧˩bo˥˧

15 - Zui˩˧˩da˧˥˧

16 - Zui˩˧˩giu˧

17 - Zui˩˧˩pie˧˩˧

18 - Zui˩˧˩cho˩˧

19 - Zui˩˧˩cia˩˥

20 - Mu˧˥zui˩˧˩

30 - Ne˥˧˥zui˩˧˩

40 - Bo˥˧zui˩˧˩

50 - Da˧˥˧zui˩˧˩

60 - Giu˧zui˩˧˩

70 - Pie˧˩˧zui˩˧˩

80 - Cho˩˧zui˩˧˩

90 - Cia˩˥zui˩˧˩

100 - Sue˥˩

101 - Sue˥˩li˥

200 - Mu˧˥sue˥˩

222 - Mu˧˥sue˥˩mu˧˥zui˩˧˩mu˧˥

1,000 - Vuo˧˩

10,000 - Yua˩

100,000 - Hei˥

1,000,000 - Foi˧˥

10,000,000 - Lou˥˧˥

100,000,000 - Oe˥˧

109 - Mai˧˥˧

1010 - Nao˧

1011 - Bao˧˩˧

1012 - Jou˩˧

1013 - Giao˩˥

1014 - Puei˩˧˩

1015 - Tuai˥˩

1016 - Ci˧˩

1017 - Zo˩

1018 - Su˥

Swadesh List Edit

English Albandarian
I Vi˩˧˩
You (singular) Li˧˩
He Ia˧
She Ia˥
They (singular) Ia˩
We Vi˩˧˩uai˧˩ (exclusive)

Li˧˩vi˩˧˩ (inclusive)

You (plural) Li˧˩uai˧˩
They Ia˧uai˧˩ (masculine plural)

Ia˥uai˧˩ (feminine plural)

Ia˩uai˧˩ (neutral plural)

This E˥˩
That Cha˥
Here Loi˥
There Ba˧˥
Who Cou˩˧˩
What Di˥˧
Where Niu˧˥
When Ng˥˩
How Di˥˧miou˩˥
Not Si˥˩
All Dao˩˧˩
Much
Some Hua˧˥l˧˩
Few Hua˧˥
Other Yu˥
One Li˥
Two Mu˧˥
Three Ne˥˧˥
Four Bo˥˧
Five Da˧˥˧
Big Gi˧mu˧
Long Gi˧pou˩˥
Thick Gi˧hoi˥
Heavy Gi˧shao˩
Small Dua˧mu˧
Short Dua˧a˥
Narrow Dua˧hoi˥
Thin Dua˧hoi˥
Female O˥˧˥
Male Ai˥
Human Te˧˥ya˧˥˧dei˩˥
Child Mo˥
Wife Cao˥˧˥o˥˧˥ /cao˥˧o˧˥/
Husband Cao˥˧˥ai˥
Mother Co˥˧liu˧˩˧ (mother)

Co˥˧ (mom)

Father Liu˧˩˧ya˧˥ (father)

Ya˧˥ (dad)

Animal Hei˥˧˥
Fish Ma˩˥n˧˩
Bird Mi˥n˧˩
Dog Hu˥˧n˧˩
Louse Po˩˧˩oe˧˥˧vi˥˩
Snake Hua˧˥je˥˧˥
Worm Di˧˥˧
Tree Liu˥
Forest Vue˧˥liu˥
Stick Na˥˧˥
Fruit Zu˧˥
Seed So˥˧˥
Leaf Pai˥˩
Bark Ei˩˧˩
Grass Fia˧˥
Rope Mi˧˩nao˧˩
Skin Dou˧
Meat Hei˥˧˥zu˧˥
Blood Gou˩˧
Bone E˥˧
Fat Hei˥˧˥liao˥˧
Egg Loi˩˥
Horn Cuai˥˧
Feather Zu˥˩nei˩˧˩
Hair Bei˧˩
Head Hoi˩
Ear Jao˥˧˥
Eye Via˩˥
Nose Zhie˧
Mouth Liao˥˩
Tooth Zhao˥˧
Tongue
Fingernail Mie˩˧˩
Foot She˩
Leg Bo˧˥˧
Knee Fa˥˧
Hand Zhu˥˩
Wing Bia˧˩
Belly Yua˧
Guts Co˩˥
Neck Gao˩
Back Dou˧bua˩˧
Breast E˧˥˧n˧liao˥˧
Heart Vei˩˧
Liver Oi˩
To drink Yio˩˧
To eat Cue˩˧˩
To bite Ao˧˥
To suck Nio˧˥
To spit Cu˥˧
To vomit Hi˧˥˧
To blow Nai˩˥
To breathe Zhu˩
To laugh Suai˥˧
To see Zi˩˥ (to look)

Zi˩˥ma˥ (to see)

To hear Li˩ (to listen)

Li˩ma˥ (to hear)

To know Pei˥˧˥ma˥
To think Ei˩˥
To smell Gua˩˧
To fear Gi˧huei˧˥
To sleep Luai˧˥˧
To live Bu˥˧˥
To die Co˥˧˥
To kill Vi˩˥
To fight Zao˩˧˩
To harvest Guo˧
To hunt Hei˥˧˥guo˧
To hit Nu˧
To cut Yia˧˥
To split Zao˧˥
To stab Ue˥˩
To scratch Mie˩˧˩
To dig Sa˩˧
To swim Nei˩˧˩
To fly Nei˩˧˩
To walk Cai˩˧˩
To come Ta˧˩˧
To lie down Che˥
To sit Tao˧˥˧
To stand Cua˥˧
To turn N˧˩
To fall Guai˥˩
To give Hio˥˩
To hold Mui˩˥
To squeeze Shuei˩˧˩
To rub Gio˧˩
To wash Mu˥˧
To wipe Tao˩˧˩
To pull No˧˥
To push Ji˥˧
To throw Lou˩˧˩
To tie Piou˥
To sew Di˧˩˧
To count Ba˧˩guo˧
To say Pei˥˧˥
To sing Pei˥˧˥
To play Sei˧˩˧shou˧˩
To float Cua˥˧yo˧˩
To flow Bue˩yo˧˩
To freeze Ho˥˩mao˩˧
To swell Lue˧˩
Sun Lei˩˧nia˧˥ (Alba's star) (lit. Homestar)

So˥nia˧˥ (Sol)

Moon Sha˧
Star Nia˧˥
Water Yo˧˩
To rain Ao˥guai˥˩
River Miou˩˥a˥
Lake Ei˧˩˧
Ocean Ba˥˩
Salt Fo˧
Stone Hou˥
Sand Na˥
Dust Bi˧˥
Soil Ta˩
Cloud Ao˥yo˧˩ (cloud)

Cio˥˩ (stormcloud)

Fog Jao˩˥
Sky Ao˥
Wind La˩˥ (calm breeze)

Pua˥˧˥ (wind)

Shi˧ (strong wind)

Snow Ho˥˩bi˧˥
Ice Ho˥˩
Smoke Cha˧˥ao˥yo˧˩
Fire Yio˩˥
Ash Yio˩˥bi˧˥
To burn Mei˧˥˧yio˩˥
Road Lue˥˧
Mountain Tuai˧˥˧
Infrared Hie˥
Red Ju˧˥ (pale pink)

Zou˧˥ (bright pink)

A˧˥ (salmon pink)

Huei˧˥ (hot pink)

Loi˧˥ (electric pink)

Uo˧˥ (rose)

Na˧˥ (pale red)

Bei˧˥ (bright red)

Yu˧˥ (red)

Ce˧˥ (crimson)

Moi˧˥ (deep red)

So˧˥ (magenta)

Orange Vei˥˧˥ (red-orange)

Uai˥˧˥ (pale orange)

Cao˥˧˥ (bright orange)

Zao˥˧˥ (peach)

Io˥˧˥ (orange)

Hai˥˧˥ (burnt orange)

Yiou˥˧˥ (deep orange)

Ba˥˧ (yellow-orange)

Yellow Dei˧˥˧ (bright yellow)

Tu˧˥˧ (yellow)

Sha˧˥˧ (gold)

Ai˧˥˧ (amber)

Green Hu˧ (chartreuse)

Lio˧˩˧ (pale green)

Nuai˧˩˧ (green)

Mui˧˩˧ (dark green)

Tao˩˧ (blue-green)

Blue Ve˩˥ (pale cyan)

Oi˩˥ (cyan)

Ciou˩˧˩ (baby blue)

Gao˩˧˩ (sky blue)

Liao˩˧˩ (pale blue)

Zuo˩˧˩ (blue)

Jo˩˧˩ (deep blue)

Ne˩˧˩ (midnight blue)

Purple Fou˥˩ (blue-violet)

Luo˧˩ (pale purple)

Bua˧˩ (bright purple)

Ei˧˩ (puce)

Suei˧˩ (indigo)

Shou˧˩ (purple)

Ti˧˩ (deep purple)

Ultraviolet Dai˩
White Oe˩˥
Black Cha˧˥
Night Fai˥˧˥a˧˩˧ (two nights ago)

Shao˧a˧˩˧ (last night)

Fai˥˧˥ (evening, dusk)

Shao˧ (early night)

A˧˩˧ (night)

Sao˩˧ (midnight)

Gai˧˥˧ (pre-dawn)

Sao˩˧a˧˩˧ (tomorrow night)

Gai˧˥˧a˧˩˧ (two nights from now)

Day Pia˩ha˥˩ (day before yesterday)

Che˧ha˥˩ (yesterday)

Pia˩ (early morning, dawn)

Che˧ (late morning)

Ha˥˩ (day)

Vi˥˧˥ (noon)

Lio˩ (early afternoon)

Hei˥˧ (late afternoon)

Lio˩ha˥˩ (tomorrow)

Hei˥˧ha˥˩ (day after tomorrow)

Year Fai˥˧˥zhue˧˥˧ /fai˥˧˥zhue˥˧/ (two years ago)

Shao˧zhue˧˥˧ (last year)

Zhue˧˥˧ (year)

Lio˩zhue˧˥˧ (next year)

Hei˥˧zhue˧˥˧ (two years from now)

Warm Yio˩˥ma˥
Cold Ho˥˩ma˥
Full Loi˩˥ma˥
New Cio˩ma˥
Old Yuei˧ma˥
Good Vuo˧˥˧
Bad Huai˩˥
Rotten Ya˥˧ma˥
Dirty Ta˩ma˥
Straight Ya˧ma˥
Round Huei˥˧˥ma˥
Sharp Cuai˥˧ma˥
Dull Na˥˧˥ma˥
Smooth Ao˩˥ma˥
Wet Ba˥˩ma˥
Dry Zoe˧ma˥
Correct Da˧˥
Near Nia˥˧
Far Pui˧˩˧
Right Huei˧˩
Left Jou˧˥˧
At Ga˥˩
In Foe˧˩˧
With Piao˩˧˩
And Ci˩
If Lua˧˩
Because Tou˩˥
Name Mu˩

Naming Conventions Edit

Albandarians bear many names throughout their lives, and the culture has complex naming traditions and even more complicated conditions for what name it is appropriate to call someone else. It is wise for people visiting Albandarian space to memorize these conventions, lest they cause offense.

Clan names (Dao˥mu˩) Edit

This concept is easy enough to understand, this is the name of the clan the individual in question comes from. These are typically not used on their own to discuss an individual person unless it is in some sort of representative setting.

Example Translation
A˧˩˧a˩ Member of the Night-hearth (A˧˩˧a˩) Clan

Individual names (Tue˩mu˩) Edit

Similar to the human concept of given names, though it tends to be either a vocabulary word or a group of vocabulary words, typically and traditionally ones which portray certain traits the individual's parents would like their offspring to exhibit. Calling someone by their tue˩mu˩ is seen as fairly intimate, but typically not offensive, though the person in question may ask that they be called by a different i˧˥mu˩ instead.

Example Translation
La˩˥ Calm Breeze

Birth names (Mo˥mu˩) Edit

These are the names Albandarians are given directly following or soon after they hatch. Mo˥mu˩ are formed of combinations of the dao˥mu˩ with the tue˩mu˩. As the term birth names suggests, mo˥mu˩ are used for children until they come of age. They are also typically used by parents toward their children affectionately after such a date. Depending on the person and the position they occupy, they may allow close friends to call them by their mo˥mu˩ once they've come of age, but many find this to be highly offensive and/or highly inappropriate, as doing so is often seen as extraordinarily patronizing.

Example Translation
A˧˩˧a˩la˩˥ Calm Breeze of the Night-hearth Clan

Formal names (Bue˥˩mu˩) Edit

Once an Albandarian has come of age and an occupation has been chosen, they take on their bue˥˩mu˩. This is a two part name consisting of their profession combined with their dao˥mu˩ serving as the first part, and their tue˩mu˩ serving as the second part. Bue˥˩mu˩ are used similar to how full names are used in human society.

Example Translation
Va˩˧nei˥a˧˩˧a˩ La˩˥ Calm Breeze from the Night-hearth Clan, Agent of the Albandarian Peacekeeping and Reconnaissance Force

Preferred names (I˧˥mu˩) Edit

I˧˥mu˩ are chosen permutations of an individual's bue˥˩mu˩ that the individual wishes to be known by to friends and peers on a day-to-day basis.

Example
Ei˥a˧˩˧a˩la˩˥

Example Texts Edit

Sentences Edit

English Five children play.
Albandarian Da˧˥˧ moi˩ mo˥ sei˧˩˧shou˧˩.
Direct translation Five [measure word for sentient beings] child use-joy.
English The car has started.
Albandarian Cho˧˥˧zo˧ jei˩˧˩ga˧ ha˧˩.
Direct translation Wheel-vessel exert[completed action] energy.
English School has begun again.
Albandarian Pei˥˧˥ma˥lei˩˧ fia˩ mei˩ga˧.
Direct translation Knowledge-house again begin[completed action].
English Three yellow daffodils nod gaily.
Albandarian Ne˥˧˥ ou˥ li˩˥li˧pai˥˩ tu˧˥˧ gui˧˩ shou˧˩pe˧.
Direct translation Three [measure word for flowers] daffodil yellow nod joy[adverbial modifier].
English The weary traveler slept soundly last night.
Albandarian Dei˩˥yi˩ miou˩˥a˥ma˥ shao˧a˧˩˧ luai˧˥˧ tu˥˧˥ma˥pe˧.
Direct translation Travel-person river-essence early-night-night sleep depth-essence[adverbial modifier].
English Softly the great white snowflakes fell last winter.
Albandarian Ho˥˩bi˧˥ ba˥ ji˩˧˩ gi˧mu˧, oe˩˥ shao˧di˩˧˩ guai˥˩ bei˧˩ma˥pe˧.
Direct translation Ice-dust [possessive particle] scale have-size, white early-night-winter fall fur-essence[adverbial modifier].
English My little white kitten purrs softly while sleeping on the rug for three hours.
Albandarian Vi˩˧˩ ba˥ hue˧˥n˧˩ao˥˧˥ hua˧˥, oe˩˥ ti˩ ne˥˧˥ cia˧ no˩˥ zha˩˧˩ ga˥˩ guo˧˩˧ luai˧˥˧ ng˥˩ niou˧.
Direct translation I [possessive particle] baby-cat small, white for three [measure word for abstract concepts] hour rug upon [continuous action] sleep while purr.
English The baby's ball has rolled away.
Albandarian Huei˥˧˥ ba˥ ao˥˧˥ yie˧˥˧ga˧ ha˧˥.
Direct translation Ball [possessive particle] baby roll[completed action] away.
English The dew has faded rapidly in Homestar's warm light
Albandarian Ma˥˧, ng˥˩ lei˩˧nia˧˥ ba˥ hei˧ yio˩˥ma˥ foe˧˩˧, zhuai˥ga˧.
Direct translation Dew, while Homestar [possessive particle] steady-light fire-essence within, fade[completed action].
English Some beautiful roses are blooming in our garden.
Albandarian Hua˧˥l˧˩ ou˥ uo˧˥dua˧˥ juei˧˩ma˥ li˧˩vi˩˧˩ ba˥ hao˥˧ foe˧˩˧ guo˧˩˧ dou˩˧dua˧˥.
Direct translation Some [measure word for flowers] rose-colored-flower beauty-essence you-me [possessive particle] garden within [continuous action] unfold-flower.
English I am doing calisthenics in the meadow with my mother.
Albandarian Ye˥˧ foe˧˩˧ piao˩˧˩ vi˩˧˩ ba˥ co˥˧liu˧˩˧ vi˩˧˩ guo˧˩˧ hiu˩ juei˧˩la˥˧.
Direct translation Meadow within with me [possessive particle] mother I [continuous action] perform beauty-strength.
English Can you come up here tomorrow?
Albandarian Li˧˩ fa˧˥a˥ta˧˩˧ lio˩ha˥˩ cui˥?
Direct translation You able-up-come early-afternoon-day [interrogative particle]?
English Let's go to the library.
Albandarian Li˧˩vi˩˧˩ ha˧˥ ou˥˧˥hao˥˧ o˥.
Direct translation You-me go study-garden [suggestive particle].
English A vase of beautiful flowers had stood on the window sill for many years.
Albandarian Li˥ pou˩˥ dui˧ ba˥ dua˧˥ juei˧˩ma˥ a˥ cia˧ zhue˧˥˧ chuei˩˥zhua˥˧˥ ga˥˩ cua˥˧ga˧.
Direct translation One [measure word for long, straight objects] vase [possessive particle] flower beauty-essence many [measure word for abstract concepts] year window-lip on stand[completed action].
English Along the beach the little bolabiter crawls steadily south.
Albandarian Bo˥˩la˥˧ao˧˥ha˧˥ hua˧˥ shu˥˧ lai˥ ha˩˥suai˧˩ ye˥ma˥pe˧.
Direct translation Bolabiter small beach along crawl-south balance-essence[adverbial modifier].
English Swiftly over the dark waters sailed the three little boats.
Albandarian Ne˥˧˥ fuei˧˩ tu˧ hua˧˥ yo˧˩ a˧˩˧ma˥ a˥ ga˥ vou˧˥ma˥pe˧.
Direct translation Three [measure word for vehicles] boat small water night-essence over sail speed-essence[adverbial modifier].
English When will your guests from Kira arrive?
Albandarian Li˧˩ ba˥ shu˩˧˩ ba˥ Ci˩ya˥ ta˧˩˧ ng˥˩?
Direct translation You [possessive particle] guest [possessive particle] Kira arrive when?
English Twelve bottles of palm wine fell onto the floor and exploded the day before yesterday.
Albandarian Zui˩˧˩mu˧˥ pou˩˥ mai˥˩ ba˥ la˥lu˥˧ pia˩ha˥˩ vui˥˩ ga˥˩ guai˥˩ cio˥˩yio˩˥.
Direct translation Ten-two [measure word for long, straight objects] glass-bottle [possessive particle] palm-tree-wine floor upon fall explode.
English The hummingbird is the most gentle of creatures.
Albandarian I˥mi˥n˧˩ ma˧˥ di˥ ca˧˥˧ma˥ ba˥ dao˩˧˩ gua˧˥ hei˥˧˥.
Direct translation Soul-bird be more gentleness-essence [possessive particle] all [measure word for animals in general] animal.
English Shall I compare thee to a summer's day/Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Albandarian Lua˧˩ li˧˩ muei˧˩ ha˥˩ ba˥ gou˧, lua˧˩ juei˧˩ma˥ ci˩ la˩˥ma˥.
Direct translation If you [comparative particle] day [possessive particle] summer, then beauty-essence and calm-wind-essence.
English If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
Albandarian Lua˧˩ bei˧˩ ma˧˥ lao˩˥, lua˧˩ cha˧˥ lao˩˥ u˥ ia˥ba˥ yi˥˩ cio˥˧˥.
Direct translation If hair be wire, then black wire sprout-out-of her[possessive particle] scalp.
English The crow drops some pebbles into the pitcher and raises the water to the brim.
Albandarian Ti˧˩mi˥n˧˩ di˧˩ hua˧˥l˧˩ jui˥˧ hua˧˥hou˥ dui˧ foe˧˩˧ bao˥˧˥ yo˧˩ liao˥˩ ga˥˩.
Direct translation Deep-purple-bird drop some [measure word for rather small, inanimate objects of various shapes] small-stone pitcher into raise water opening onto.
English By tomorrow night we will have ground grain around the fire and practiced the art of saying much about nothing.
Albandarian Sao˩˧a˧˩˧ li˧˩vi˩˧˩ yio˩˥ ge˩˥ng˩ma˥ pi˥˩ga˧ so˥˧˥ ta˥ga˧ lai˥˧pei˥˧˥a˥.
Direct translation Midnight-night you-I fire ripple-shape-essence grind[completed action] grain practice[completed action] nothing-speak-much.
English On the green and shady hill a modest violet grows.
Albandarian Mia˥˧ nuai˧˩˧ piao˩˧˩ gou˧˩ a˥ u˥ li˥ ou˥ fou˥˩dua˧˥ lao˧˥ma˥.
Direct translation Downward-sloping-hillside green with shadow much grow one [measure word for flowers] blue-violet-flower humility-essence.
English The thunder is loud and the lightning plays among the clouds.
Albandarian Cio˥˩hi˥˧ chu˧˥a˥ cio˥˩dou˧˥ sei˧˩˧shou˧˩ cio˥˩ ya˧˩.
Direct translation Stormcloud-song noise-much stormcloud-flickering-light expend-energy stormcloud between.
English The moss upon the forest bark is my guiding star in storm-cloaked night.
Albandarian Hiu˩˥ ei˩˧˩ ba˥ vue˧˥liu˥ ga˥˩ ma˧˥ vi˩˧˩ ba˥ lue˥˧nia˧˥ a˧˩˧ tua˥˧˥ca˩˥.
Direct translation Moss bark [possessive particle] gather-tree upon be me [possessive particle] path-star night storm-hidden.
English The palms bow down their weary heads and let the wind pass by.
Albandarian Lu˥˧ choi˩˥ ia˩uai˧˩ ba˥ hoi˩ miou˩˥a˥ma˥ nai˩˥ pua˥˧˥ shai˥˩.
Direct translation Palm-tree bow-down their(plural neutral) [possessive particle] head river-essence allow wind pass-by.

The Lord's Prayer Edit

Li˧˩vi˩˧˩ ba˥ liu˧˩˧ya˧˥, ia˧ cou˩˧˩ cu˥˧˥ lei˩˧ao˥ma˥ foe˧˩˧, a˥˩mei˧˥˧n˥,

<<Our father, he who resides in heaven, amen,>>

Li˧˩vi˩˧˩ ba˥ liu˧˩˧ya˧˥, lia˧˩ ba˥ mu˩ ta˥˩i˥;

<<Our father, your name is holy;>>

Li˧˩vi˩˧˩ vi˥˧˥ha˥˩ ng˧ ti˩ yiu˧˩dui˧˩;

<<We ask today for sustaining bread;>>

Ci˩ hio˥˩ o˥˩ ti˩ si˥˩miou˩˥, cua˩˧ li˧˩vi˩˧˩ hio˥˩o˥˩ si˥˩miou˩˥;

<<And give mercy for wrongdoings, as we forgive wrongdoings;>>

Si˥˩miao˧˥ li˧˩vi˩˧˩ io˩˥, ci˩ yu˧ li˧˩vi˩˧˩ ha˧˥ dao˩˧˩bei˧˩˧ Ai˧˥˧ia˩ ao˧˩.

<<Lead us not into obsession, and deliver us from the hateful one forever.>>

Nai˩˥ lia˧˩ ba˥ dao˥a˥ ta˧˩˧;

<<Allow your kingdom to come;>>

Nai˩˥ lia˧˩ ba˥ ji˩ ga˧ sai˩, cua˩˧ lei˩˧ao˥ma˥ foe˧˩˧.

<<Allow your will to be completed here, as in heaven.>>

A˥˩mei˧˥˧n˥.

<<Amen.>>

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