En bets-Herbert



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En bets-Herbert, or Herbert Andersson, passed away on September 25, 2012.
Rest in peace Herbert! Your words will stay in our memory for eternal times.


mɛn, næɾ i: ɪsɪ bʏɾɪsbœʏnʊ, dɒ vaɾ ɛ..

but, at your place in the byris village, ...


hɛ vaɾ gjanska stɒʊʈ hɛ ɒksɒ?

it was rather big too, wasn't it?


jɒʊ - gɔ:ɳ dɪn - jɒʊ

yes - The farm there - yes


hɛ lɪʊt ha vʏɾɪ stœr: ɛn wɒ sʊ fan:s ɪsɪ bɒndɛʂbœʏnʊ

it must have been bigger than what was in the bonders village


Master Herbert in action...



na sœʏstra ɒt farmʊ:ɳ djɛɪftɛ sɛ vɛ nʊ ven:stɾœm

when grandma's sister married Mr Wennström,


sɒ hɑɑr bɒndɛʂbʏaɾan vʏɾɪ wɛɪmɛlɪ ɒ sakt ɒt

the bonders villagers had been snide and said that...ɳ


a fɪk: sɒ mʏtʃɪ kɒʊn bʊɖɪ bɛtsʊ

she got so much cows from the bets farm


sɒ dɪ stjɪtʊ ɔ:t ve:ɛn sɒ nɛ vaɾʈ ɛt tɪl fe:ɭɛs

that they clamped the road with so much shit that it wasn't possible to travel


a hɑɑr fø: sɛks kɒʊ

she had been given six cows


ɪ he:mdjɪft, dʊ ve:t...

as a bride present, you know...


a fɪk:... skʉl fɛl hɔɔ..

she got... was probably to have


ve:t dʊ na na mari:a, farmʊ:ra, bɭɛ he:mɛ

you know when Maria, my grandmother, stayed at home


ɒ fɪk: gɔ:ɳ dɛr ɒ hɛmane, sɒ vɛɪld dɪ

and got the farm there, and the land, they wanted to


sɒ vɛɪld dɪ dji: ɒt hɛnaɾ

they wanted to give her (the sister)


sɒ ɛt hœ var ɒl:dɛlɛs...

so she wasn't totally... (left aside)


Wennström was my grandmother's father Albert, in the Bonders village, who married the sister of Maria from the Bets home in the neighboring Byris village, where Master Herbert grew up. The Bets family had a great farm at the time, probably the largest in the village, and six cows wasn't a small gift at the time being.

Although grammar can be boring, take notice the noun case grammar: 'sœʏstra, farmʊ:ra' etc. are feminine words ending with an 'a', but when used in dative form 'ɒt farmʊ:ɳ', they end with an 'n'. The 'a' form is used in nominative and accusative case, while the 'n' form in dative and genitive. Another declension of female words can ends with 'ʊ' or 'ʊn' respectively, although the word 'kɒʊ' is actually somewhat irregular. Masculine words ends with 'n' in nom/ack (gɔ:ɳ, bɒndɛʂbʏaɳ, ve:ɛn), but to mark dative case we use 'ʊ' ending (ɪsɪ bʏɾɪsbœʏnʊ, vɛ nʊ ven:stɾœm, bʊɖɪ bɛtsʊ).