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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:09 am 
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Hey folks,

So I'd like to make a logo for my D'ni Art Archive site which would include the D'ni translation of the site name. Now, it's been a while since I've tried my hand at D'ni translation and I'm not particularly good at languages anyway :roll: so I thought I'd double check this before I make the thing up.

So, the basic translation as I understand it would be

D'nee (D'ni) gehstoy (Art) chiso (Archive).

However, as "chiso" is a verb (to archive) I'd need to change it into a noun as it's a name, so it'd be "chisoeth". Also, as it's the name of the site - as in THE D'ni Art Archive - "d'nee" would need to be "rehd'nee."

So, the whole thing written out in D'nenglish would be

rehd'nee gehstoy chisoeth

Does this look right? I've gone over several resources but, as I said, language is not a strong point for me (or, rather, understanding how it works isn't) so this could very well be wrong. :mrgreen:

Thanks in advance for any help.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:50 am 
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I could have sworn I read something many, many years ago that the D'ni word for art would be something different as gehstoy is Art in the sense of Age Writing not painting.

My memory is fuzzy there though.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2018 1:28 pm 
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The difference between gel 'write' and sel 'Write (an age)' suggests that the D'ni word for normal art might be different from gestoy, but if so, I don't think we have any idea what it might be. (timel is 'gallery').

The suffix -th is only added to adjectives. For a verb like chiso, you add the suffix -tahv, so chisotahv 'archive'. There are verbs where you don't need any suffix to form a noun, but -tahv is more common.

I'd go with a genitive construction, so "the archive of D'ni art". With the adjective d'nee following the noun gestoy, that's

rechisotahv okh gestoy d'nee

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:23 am 
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Awesome. Thanks very much, folks. :mrgreen:

I honestly thought that Art as in writing an Age we just rehgestoy. :roll:

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It is, it’s the rest that might not be called gestoy.

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The somewhat subtle point is that if the art of writing Ages was the only thing referred to by gestoy then there would be no reason to use the definite article. Calling it regestoy "the art" suggests that is a specially important or even preeminent example among a larger category of gestoytee "arts" in general.

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