Smelling underarms in Apali
We've had a new submission for Goodies from Grammar Reading - a series of blog posts with interesting, fun or in other ways noteworthy utterances found while reading linguistic description (blogger posts here, old posts on tumblr here).
This one was noted by Siva Kalyan during Don Daniels' talk at the annual meeting of the Australian Linguistic Society (ALS 2015 in Western Sydney University). The example is taken from a collection of texts in Apalɨ by Martha Wade (Wade n.d.) and serves to illustrate the way this language encodes imperatives. The codes for this language are: ena and apal1256.
Original text: Vac-ɨna huji hisi sɨmɨl-ɨlɨŋ u-avɨ-la-lɨ.
Glossing: move.aside-2sg.ds underarm rotten smell-1sg.imp say-pl-hab-3
Translation: ‘“Move aside and let me smell your underarm,” they say.’
The Sogeram language group is classified under the (Nuclear-) Trans New Guinea language family and are spoken in the Madang province of Papua New Guinea. Here is a map from Ethnologue, the languages are found in the square marked "6",
And here's a blowup of area 6, Apali is language number 287.
Daniels, Don (2015) Explaining drift by reconstructing pragmatic variation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Australian Linguistic Society. Western Sydney Univeristy, Sydney (abstract here)
Wade, Martha. (n.d.) Apalɨ texts. Electronic files, Pioneer Bible Translators