On the following spreadsheet, you will find a story about the origin of the Merfolk as told to me by an old Merfolk.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1342JsuJRdKn_0a2kDX5K_QK8WO8R8nIWpEYHBV60Ww4/edit?usp=sharing (Links to an external site.)
The story is 48 sentences long. You will be asked to translate only 8 of them, but which 8 depends on your discussion group, according to the chart in the document above. Look at Column B (“Discussion Group”). Find the section containing your word group number and do those 8 lines.
For example, for lines 1 to 8, Column B says “1”. This means that anyone in Discussion Group 1 would translate ALL of those lines.
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU SELECT THE CORRECT 8 LINES. WE WON’T GRADE YOUR ANSWER IF YOU CHOSE THE WRONG SET OF 8. EMAIL ANDREW IF YOU ARE CONFUSED.
Remember our Grammar and Dictionary.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hR2JJSuO2y46gTYhyvOXkfELhrwCqcqg8aNCatg4EMc/edit?usp=sharing (Links to an external site.)
Dictionary (under the tab called “Vocabulary FINAL 7.18.21”):
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hCi53k3y6q1ijCq9-cmB7LPPh1ELD697huc_Qom6oqU/edit?usp=sharing (Links to an external site.)
A note on the vocabulary: I have not indicated the noun class of each noun. When you encounter a noun in the story, it is up to you to determine the most appropriate interpretation for its case ending.
For example, you may encounter the case ending -la, which is either Nominative, Non-Merfolk, Close to the Sea, Non-Dangerous OR Genitive, Merfolk, Non-Dangerous. (This is a situation commonly encountered in natural languages. For example, in Czech, -a may be feminine nominative or animate masculine accusative.)
You will have to use the grammar, the context, and your knowledge of cases to decide which interpretation is correct.
Additionally, some non-Merfolk nouns have been classified as “Merfolk” due to their importance or close association to the Merfolk (as per the grammar) and thus have Merfolk noun class case endings in the story.