zkoto — history (as a discipline)

kwon zkoto-bezkibnok mepol .
/kvɔn sko.to bɛˈski.bnɔk mɛ.pɔl/
me history-teacher_nine have(IMPERF)
I’ve had nine different history teachers.

The IMPERF annotation stands for imperfect, a tense that in batunurisi denotes something that begun in the past and continues up to the present. English uses the present perfect for that, while batunurisi only uses the present perfect for completed actions.

A historian is a zkoto-wy, “history person”.
History, as in a series of past events, is simply oto.

You might wonder why I specified “as a discipline”. The chain of events that happened in the past, and the history of a person/an object, are translated as oto, which is also the verb suffix for the past perfect tense. Continue reading

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muxop — to greet, to welcome

kwon-or-blog kwen muxop . — Welcome to my blog.kwon-or-blog kwen muxop .
/kvɔn ɔɾ blɔɡ kvɛn ˈmuˌɬɔp/
me-of-blog you(SG) greet(INF) .
Welcome to my blog.

With this greeting I want to start my new blog, batunurisi Word of the Week. Batunurisi is my conlang, and I’ll be posting a new word in it, complete with example sentence, pronounciation in the IPA, gloss*, translation, and commentary, presumably every week. Other people have Word of the Day blogs, but as a student I don’t have much time so for now it’ll be Word of the Week. Continue reading

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