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Why Monkeys Steal Human Food

Told by Li Yaohua (nəwɑ̄ŋzɑ̀r bɹɑ̄ʑì)


tɕɑ̄ pɑ̄ɹ ə̌tsə̀ŋ nɑ̄gɔɁ ɕɔ̄lɑɁ blɑkpɑì tɛ̌ ɔ̀: tɕìwɑ̌.
long.ago time human baby caregiver monkey *AGT* do/make *HS*
! 'Long ago monkeys took care of babies for people.'


ə̌k-pɛ̀ ə̌k-mɛ̀ nə̌mɟɑ̀ŋ-nə̌mɟɑ̀ŋ,
3-father 3-mother daytime-*REDUP*
! 'During the day, the child’s parents'


nit-bɯ̄m mə̌-gɔ̄l gɯ̄ ə̌mɹɑ̄ wɑ̀ lɛ̄ ɟì tɕìwɑ̌.
mind-many *NEG*-need *ADV* field work *DAT* go *HS*
! 'could go to work the field without having to worry (about the child).'


ə̌ŋzɑ̄ kɯɁ tə̀i gə̀m wɑ̌,
food also very(big) good *HS*
! 'The crop grew very well,'


blɑkpɑì tɛ̌ nɑ̄gɔɁ nə̌ŋdə̌gə̀m ɔ̀: wɑ.
monkey *AGT* baby well(adv.) work *HS*
! 'and the monkey took good care of the baby.'


“ə̌-pɛ̀ ə̌-mɛ̀” gɯɁ sɔ̄ xrɛɁ ɔ̀: tɕìwɑ̌.
1-father 1-mother say know.how until do *HS*
! 'It did this up to the time (the baby) could say “Mommy and Daddy”.'


nɑ̄gɔɁ təì mə̌nə̄ŋ, blɑkpɑì sə̌-lɔɁ tsɔt cɑ̀ mə̌nə̄ŋ,
baby big follow monkey *CAUS*-return time become follow
! 'When the child was big, when it was time to send the monkey back,'


ɕɔlɑɁ kɯ̄ɹtɑ̄ ə̌tsə̀ŋ tɛ̌ tə̌ɹɔ̀l sə̌kə̄m cɛ̄ mɛ̄
caregiver fee human *AGT* quiver(arrow.case) lid one *CL*
! 'The person only gave a quiver lid full of payment (not money).'


tɕɛ̄ zī tɕhìwɑ̌. ə̌jɑ̀ mə̌nə̄ŋ blɑkpəì sə̌nɑ̄ səì wɑ̀.
only give *HS* that follow monkey nose spicy *HS*
! 'Because of this, the monkey became very angry.'


ə̌jɑ̀ tə̌ɹɔ̀l sə̌kə̄m nə̌krɛɁ dɔ̌ pɛɁ-pɛɁ nɛɁ sə̌lɔɁ ʑīn,
that quiver lid buttock *LOC* stick(v.)-*REDUP* eye stare *LNK*
! 'The monkey stuck the lid to his rear end,'


cɛ̄ kɹɔ̄m cɛ̄ kɹɔ̄m ə̌tɕɑt ʑīn lɔɁ ɟì tɕìwɑ̀
one jump one jump(jump.and.skip) jump *LNK* return go *HS*
! 'and staring (at them) jumped back (home).'


blɑkpɑì nə̌krɛɁ ə̌jɑ̀ mə̌nə̄ŋ nɯ̄ ə̌ŋmɯ̄l mə̌-kɔɁ ɛ̄ tɕìwɑ̌.
monkey buttock that follow *TOP* fur/hair *NEG*-grow be *HS*
! 'Therefore, the monkey’s rear end doesn’t grow hair.'


blɑkpəì ɛ̄-wɑ̄ sə̌nɑ̄ səì mə̌nə̄ŋ,
monkey *DEM*-*ADV* nose spicy(angry) follow
! 'When the monkey got angry,'


ə̌tsə̀ŋ pə̌ɕīn dɔ̌ mə̌-gèm wɑ̄ cɑ̀ tɕìwɑ̌,
human heart/liver *LOC* *NEG*-good *COMP* become(suffer) *HS*
! 'the person felt bad.'


ə̌jɑ̀ mə̌nə̄ŋ blɑkpəì lɛ̌ ɛ̄-wɑ̄ gɹɯ̄:ŋ wɑ̌,
that follow monkey *DAT* *DEM*-*ADV* say *HS*
! 'So the man said to the monkey,'


“dɛ̄lɑ̄ buktɕit buŋɹɑ̄m pɛ̄ pɑ̄-sə̌ŋɑ̄m ɹɑ̄” gɹɯ̄:ŋ wɑ̌.
later edge.of.the.field *ABL* *IMP*-see come say *HS*
! '“Later you can come to the edge of the field and see (eat a bit).”'


ə̌jɑ̀ tɯ̄m,
that after
! 'After that,'


blɑkpəì ejɑ̀ mə̌nə̄ŋ nɯ̄ ə̌tsə̀ŋ tɑ̄bɔ̄ŋ kɯ̄ gɛ̄ wɑ̌.
monkey that follow *TOP* human grain steal *NOM*+be *HS*
! 'monkeys steal grain from humans.'