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Plague Doctors of Tepat - Gloss by conciliarityoftepat Plague Doctors of Tepat - Gloss by conciliarityoftepat
Transliteration and translation of the words, written in Tepatic glyphs, on this picture of two plague doctors:

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AvatarVyakara Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Oi, I hope you keep the cat healthy too!
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conciliarityoftepat Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2016
Maybe I could add instructions for disinfecting the cat?

I composed several more lines of public service announcements for this, but in the end, it was getting harder to cram all the writing into the picture.
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AvatarVyakara Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
I'm only teasing, it's a brilliant piece of work.
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conciliarityoftepat Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016
So was I :)
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ClockwerkMao Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016
What's DEM1 in the gloss?
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conciliarityoftepat Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016
That's "demonstrative 1," so it's a demonstrative pronoun - one of four different ones, although in practice it's almost the only one.
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ClockwerkMao Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2016
So, does the number refer to relative saliency, or is it a sort of flexive class-triggered thing, or maybe something else?
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conciliarityoftepat Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016
The intricacies of pronouns are honestly poorly figured at this point. My original idea was it would work something like algebraic variables x y z where the first thing to appear gets defined as DEM1, then DEM2, etc., as long as new subjects keep coming.

In practice DEM1 nat is "whatever we’re talking about" and DEM2 nyut is "something else that I’m talking about, if there is anything." I've often used DEM2 to translate "other / the other one / another / someone else."

I think I’ve only used DEM3 once in a text and I’ve never actually used DEM4, but somehow I felt like I needed to create it.
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