Northern Khanty

Dialogue

A traditional Khanty joke in a form of a dialogue.

Recorded in Katravozh in 1990 from Anna Seraskhova (born in 1930).

Speakers

  • tŭr-en păl wŏst-at-m-al, tŭr-en alt wŏst-at-l? ńar sări li-s-em. ńar sări liw-ə-m-na epl-ə-ŋ u-s mŏla epəl-li u-s? epl-ə-ŋ u-s mŏla epəl-li u-s, tŭr kŭtəp-na jesaji sărnəmt-ij-ə-s. kŭr-ŋil-an păr χăjŋareŋ-ə-t. kŭr-ŋil-an alt χăjŋareŋ-ə-t. lapət śarəs lŭp-li χɔp-na jăχ-s-ə-m. ja, śars-iji-l-al tɔŋχa aj-ə-t u-s-ə-t. śars-iji-l-al aj-ə-t ili ŭnt-ə-t, χŏj-na wan-s-a? law-l-ə-t pa wŏsti rɔwəŋ śiśki măn-m-al pa śarəs kŭtəp-na il pit-m-al. ja, śiśk-ij-el tɔŋχa aj u-s. śiśk-ij-el aj tel, un tel u-s, χŏj-na wan-s-a. law-l-ə-t pa lapət χuj-ŋil-am χɔt-na i mărχ-ə-l mătti lăŋ-ə-m. ja, jɔχ-iji-l-al tɔŋχa aj-ə-t u-s-e-t. jɔχ-iji-l-al aj-ə-t ili ŭnt-ə-t, χŏj-na wan-s-aj-ə-t? law-l-ə-t pa sew-ə-m as pun lŏwat-ə-t. sew-ə-m as pun lŏwat-ə-t. i pun-iji-l-al tɔŋχa aj-ə-t u-s-ə-t. pun-iji-l-al aj-ə-t u-s-ə-t mŏla wŭl-ə-t u-s-ə-t pa lapət lăli jiŋk-na ɔmət-l-aj-ə-t pa i pelək-l-al numən ńi-t-el. jiŋk-ij-el aj u-s tɔŋχa. jiŋk-ij-el aj u-s, mŏla wŭl u-s pa law-l-ə-t pa wŏsti rɔwəŋ χŭl-ij-en jăχ-t-al pa pŭsi ăn ńi-ti, ŏχ-ij-el ăn ńi-ti, śi.
    throat-2SG high soot-V-NMLZ.PF-3SG throat-2SG only soot-V-NONPST fresh kind:of:fish eat-PST-SG.1SG fresh kind:of:fish eat-0-NMLZ.PF-LOC taste-0-PROPR be-PST what taste-CAR be-PST taste-0-PROPR be-PST what taste-CAR be-PST throat middle-LOC slightly-TRANS dry-FREQ-0-PST leg-DU-2SG very crooked-0-PL leg-DU-2SG only crooked-0-PL seven sea oar-CAR boat-LOC walk-PST-0-1SG DP sea-DIM-PL-3SG DP small-0-PL be-PST-0-3PL sea-DIM-PL-3SG small-0-PL [or] large-0-PL who-LOC see-PST-PAS say-NONPST-0-3PL and blue green bird go-NMLZ.PF-3SG and sea middle-LOC down fall-NMLZ.PF-3SG DP bird-DIM-3SG DP small be-PST bird-DIM-3SG small full large full be-PST who-LOC see-PST-PAS say-NONPST-0-3PL and seven man-DU-1SG house-LOC one wing-0-3SG which enter-0-NMLZ.PF DP man-DIM-PL-3SG DP small-0-PL be-PST-0-3SG man-DIM-PL-3SG small-0-PL [or] large-0-PL who-LOC see-PST-PAS-0-3PL say-NONPST-0-3PL and spin-0-NMLZ.PF Ob fish:trap size-0-PL spin-0-NMLZ.PF Ob fish:trap size-0-PL [and] fish:trap-DIM-PL-3SG DP small-0-PL be-PST-0-3PL fish:trap-DIM-PL-3SG small-0-PL be-PST-0-3PL what big-0-PL be-PST-0-3PL and seven fathom water-LOC set-NONPST-PAS-0-3PL and one side-PL-3SG above seem-NMLZ.IMPF-3PL water-DIM-3SG small be-PST DP water-DIM-3SG small be-PST what big be-PST and say-NONPST-0-3PL and blue green fish-DIM-2SG walk-NMLZ.IMPF-3SG and tail NEG seem-NMLZ.IMPF head-DIM-3SG NEG seem-NMLZ.IMPF DP
    горло-2ЕД high soot-ГЛ-НМЛЗ.ПРФ-3ЕД горло-2ЕД only soot-ГЛ-NONPST fresh kind:of:fish есть-ПРОШ-ЕД.1ЕД fresh kind:of:fish есть-0-НМЛЗ.ПРФ-ЛОК taste-0-ПРОПР быть-ПРОШ что taste-КАР быть-ПРОШ taste-0-ПРОПР быть-ПРОШ что taste-КАР быть-ПРОШ горло середина-ЛОК slightly-TRANS dry-ФРЕКВ-0-ПРОШ нога-ДВ-2ЕД очень crooked-0-МН нога-ДВ-2ЕД only crooked-0-МН семь море oar-КАР boat-ЛОК идти-ПРОШ-0-1ЕД DP море-ДИМ-МН-3ЕД DP маленький-0-МН быть-ПРОШ-0-3МН море-ДИМ-МН-3ЕД маленький-0-МН [or] large-0-МН кто-ЛОК видеть-ПРОШ-ПАС сказать-NONPST-0-3МН and blue green bird идти-НМЛЗ.ПРФ-3ЕД and море середина-ЛОК down fall-НМЛЗ.ПРФ-3ЕД DP bird-ДИМ-3ЕД DP маленький быть-ПРОШ bird-ДИМ-3ЕД маленький full large full быть-ПРОШ кто-ЛОК видеть-ПРОШ-ПАС сказать-NONPST-0-3МН and семь мужчина-ДВ-1ЕД дом-ЛОК один wing-0-3ЕД который войти-0-НМЛЗ.ПРФ DP мужчина-ДИМ-МН-3ЕД DP маленький-0-МН быть-ПРОШ-0-3ЕД мужчина-ДИМ-МН-3ЕД маленький-0-МН [or] large-0-МН кто-ЛОК видеть-ПРОШ-ПАС-0-3МН сказать-NONPST-0-3МН and spin-0-НМЛЗ.ПРФ Ob fish:trap size-0-МН spin-0-НМЛЗ.ПРФ Ob fish:trap size-0-МН [and] fish:trap-ДИМ-МН-3ЕД DP маленький-0-МН быть-ПРОШ-0-3МН fish:trap-ДИМ-МН-3ЕД маленький-0-МН быть-ПРОШ-0-3МН что большой-0-МН быть-ПРОШ-0-3МН and семь fathom вода-ЛОК set-NONPST-ПАС-0-3МН and один сторона-МН-3ЕД над seem-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-3МН вода-ДИМ-3ЕД маленький быть-ПРОШ DP вода-ДИМ-3ЕД маленький быть-ПРОШ что большой быть-ПРОШ and сказать-NONPST-0-3МН and blue green рыба-ДИМ-2ЕД идти-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-3ЕД and tail НЕГ seem-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ голова-ДИМ-3ЕД НЕГ seem-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ DP
    Your throat is covered with soot, why is your throat covered with soot? - I ate raw fish. - When did you eat raw fish? Did it taste good or not? - Did it taste good or not? My throat got dry. - Your legs are very crooked. Why are your legs crooked? - I passed through seven seas on a boat without oars. - Well the seas were small ones? - Who saw whether the seas were small or large? They say, a blue, green bird was flying and fell in the middle of the sea. - Well your bird must have been small. - Who saw whether it was small or large? Seven lads say that one of its wings covered them like a house. - Well, the lads must have been small. - Whether the lads were small or large, who saw them? They say of the size of a braided net on the Ob. Of the size of a braided net on the Ob. - Their nets must have been small. - Whether the nets were small or large, they’re placed on the water at seven fathoms and from the top their ends are visible. - The water must have been small. - Whether the water was small or large, they say a blue green fish goes there. Its tail can’t be seen, its head can’t be seen. That’s all.