We have established that [ZL.] (has seen in frames 2865 and 2866) probably means from, as in 2866 it is used, referring to Megan and Cueball, before [34.6], which is where they are from. This would imply that the first question in frame 2728 ends in “from [34.6]?” too.

We have also established that the first sentence, [dZL. Ubo] in frame 2663, probably means “Who are (you pl.)?”, and, given that both [d-] and [ZL] seem correlated with questions, [dZL.] is likely an interrogative “who” and [Ub] a conjugation of the verb “to be”. This last hypothesis might be confirmed by other words: [NUq(] in frame 2664 could be a verb (and not a noun as I find more probable) and the [U] in frame 2671 could also be a verb, beside other cases (as we have seen with the verb “to go”, conjugations in Beanish seem to maintain a root, and we have already discussed that [U], the supposed root of “to be”, is likely a consonant — our guess was /f/).

If these assumptions are true, the sentence [ZL. 4b(2 UALMo] in frame 2865 does not mean “Who are these?”, as most people (including me) initially guessed, but “Where are they from?” or, using the order of Beanish syntax, “From where are (they)?”. This would give us two words, a new conjugation for “to be” ([UALM], “they are”) and “where” as [4b(2].

The recurring [U] might, however, be a coincidence because [UALM] as “they are” makes the translation of the first sentence in frame 2866 necessarily different from our supposed “they are from [34.6]” — and we are pretty sure about the “from [34.6]”.

Just some random thoughts to keep the blog warm…

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