Zele/Zele texts with PI glosses

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The texts are taken from the grammar. The Proto-Isles etymological glosses are added by me and should be considered tentative; particularly doubtful stuff is marked with question marks, morphemes with unidentified etymologies are designated with "###" or capitalized, and morphemes in brackets could be different or absent in the actual protoforms. Curly brackets mark alternating parts of morphemes. The analysis of verbal forms in particular may be compretely incorrect. --Basilius 12:36, 12 June 2009 (UTC)

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North Wind and Sun


sí-húy-i síkim huy sí-hápa-yi muyt{a?}q
furuzh shig re sharabazhi med.
The north wind and the sun argue.

Nam-i súy nam(-uys)-hapaq súy sawnunh(-###)-ms
Nam she nãhab she fonoas?
Which one is stronger than the other?

muypa-wuys sawp{u>i}y GO-(miwmiwh?)-i hadi sí-nam(-uys)-háq
Mefabes fofi gomor rali shãnãha,
A robed stranger comes before them, 

huy nam-dziws-i pat{a>i}q
re nãsosh poti
and they say

mátzi-wuys (tayya{w>ms}?) GO-nam-i (ni-ms?) háy-sawnunh-dziws(-i)
“masibes tseyãs gonam nãs rofonoasosh.”
“the one who knocks the clothes off him is the strongest.”

húy-i hú-hunuy piqpu(-wuys)-qas
Ruzh rurune puhas,
The wind blows hard (lit: “in his back”)

wu (miwmiwh?)-i hadi mátzi-wuys katah(-wuys)-qas sawnunh pidih
bu mor rali masibes gatahas fonoa bilir.
but the stranger holds the cloak under a firm grip.

sí-nam(-wuys)-hapaq, sí-húy-i síkim ### ###-qas (wa-was{u>i}q?) sí-hápa-(wuys)-háq
Shãnãhab, furuzh shig rafa tseneahas boboti sharabaha.
After that, the frustrated North Wind stops to challenge (lit: “challenge stoppingly”) the Sun.

sí-nam-i hapa-ni,
Shanam rafani,
He shines (lit: “does a shining”),

huy (miwmiwh?)-i tayyaw mátzi-wuys huy dúykuq-(-uys)-qas siqsam-ni káws!
re mor tseyo masibes re teguhas shisheani ko!
and the stranger drops his cloak and bathes in the river!

táq sí-húy-i síkim (huhipiq?)
Tsa furuzh shig rib 
So the North Wind grumbles

sí-hápa-yi háy-sawnunh-dziws(-i) qih
“sharabazhi rofonoasosh ir.” 
“the Sun is stronger, I suppose.”

siqsamiw-i huysam{h>s} yamu(-wuys)-hapaq
Shishamibi reshãs yamuhab.
Delicateness defeats force.

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The goat and the wolf


sányamh-i (matiq?) pahsanh-káydiq(-uys)-qas sísiq miminam-uys
Shãyami mat parãkelihas shish minames, 
A goat is grazing upon a steep cliff,

sí(-wuys) (tzawkiw?) qúquq-(yam{a>i}?) GO-wunhwunh-i simtiq sí-wuys
shabes soki huyami goboabun sheati shabes. 
when he is seen by a wolf, who would not be able to reach him.

táq wunhwunh-i sí(-wuys)-háq pat{a>i}q
Tsa boabun shaha poti. 
So the wolf begins to call to him,

háy(-uys)-háq tiwsun táq túq-i qúquq kahaytim-s
Reha tsoshoa tsa tsuhi hukareteas. 
'You should come [to me] so that you would not fall,

huy háy(-uys)-qas miminam-i
Re rehas minam. 
also, there are meadows where I am,

sí(-wuys)-qas miminam-i hawwaq-#ms 
Shahas, minam robãs. 
here the grass is most tender.'

sányamh-i pat{a>i}q
Shãyami poti,
The goat calls, 

qúquq-piwta{q>ms} háy qí
“hufusoas re i. 
You are calling not for my benefit,

piwta{q>ms} túq tuyyih-uys
pusoas tsu tsezhires.”
you're calling so that you can eat!'