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tiny clarification on nguway
« on: August 06, 2014, 03:22:18 am »
:D  I heard from Karyu Pawl, he said he'd put this in the next Na'viteri post, but for those of you who are curious now:  :D

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So . . . nguway.

Good question. I now realize we have a noun meaning the viper wolf's cry or howl but not yet a verb meaning to howl! So let's see . . .

The idea behind nguway is that it's related to way 'song.' It's a "ngu" song. :-) Ngu is supposed to be onomatopoeic, mimicking the sound of a howl. So to carry the idea further, the nantang is singing a song when he's howling, which indicates that rol should be involved.

So I'm thinking that the verb 'howl' should be rol nguway, where nguway is acting adverbially: to sing in a nguway, or howling, way. I don't think it should be a transitive structure like *Nantangìl rol nguwayti but rather the intransitive Nantang rol nguway. Along those lines, nguway si would also be possible, and perhaps more expected, but I do like using rol here.

So then a "howler" would be a nguwayrolyu.

A further thought:

Saying rol nguway over to myself, it's pretty clear that the l of rol is unstable here and would drop over time. That would give ro nguway, which would coalesce into one word, the verb ronguway!

So howl is then:

ronguway (vin., ro.NGU.way--infixes 1,1) 'howl'

In that case, 'howler' would be

ronguwayyu (n., ro.NGU.way.yu) 'howler'

I think I like that better!
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Re: tiny clarification on nguway
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2014, 06:02:22 am »
This is pretty awesome! I quite like the idea of saying that the Nantang sings a howl. :D

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Re: tiny clarification on nguway
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2014, 03:58:04 pm »
And that is really appropriate for this canine-like animal. If falulukan roar in the same manner as 'Rrtan lions, that would be a 'song' as well (but we don't know if they do this, and they probably don't, as they do not appear to be social animals like aynantang). I am working on some animal sound proposals I finally hope to get posted this evening.

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