Master Knut - cats and firewoods...



Well, in Kalix, you have to know how to heat up your house, and it is a plus if you like cats.

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man kjan ɛt tjyyr na nɛ ʝæɾ sɒhɛn bæʈ

One can't drive when there is no snow


dʊ ve:t ... hɛ nø:t ʊp tji:rɛn

you know ... the chains (on the tractor wheels) get worn up


- jʊ, man lɪʊt vɛɛnt tɪs ɛ ha frʉsɪ...

- well, one must wait until it (the soil) has frozen


ja.. ɒ sɒ lɪʊt ɛ vɒra sny:n sɒ nɛ...

yes.. and it has to be snow so that it...


tji:rɛn bɭæ ɒldɛlɛs nœt ʊp!

(if not) the chains gets totally worn up!


- mmm.. ʝɒʊ.. hɛ ʝæɾ ʝʊ hɛ...

- well, yes, that's the problem...


mɛn hɛhɛn ʝæɾ dɒ ve:n, ɒ dɒ djœɾa vɛ sɒ ɒt..

but anyway, this is the firewoods, and then we do it like...


ve:n skɒ ɒltɪ lɛɪɪg ɪn vɛɪntɛɾ.. ɪn sʊmaɾ!

the firewood shall always lie one wint..one summer!


- ʝʊ, sɒ nɛ tœœrk?

- ahh, so that it dries?


sɒ nɛ tœr:kɛs, dʊ ve:t, ʝɛ ha ʝʊ fɭi:sn

so that it dries, you know, I have wood chips (minced wood)


- ʝʊ, sɒ dɪ djœɾa fɭi:sn? ha dʊ fɭi:sbrɛn:aɾn?

- aha, so they make wood chips? Do you have a wood chip burner?


ʝɒʊ vɛ hɔɔ ʝʊ.. høʉsɛ sʊ ʝæɾ dɪn

yes indeed, we have.. the house over there


lɪlrø:høʉsɛ, hɛ ʝæɾ fɭi:skɒmarn, ɒ ɒlt

the little red house, that is the chip burning hall, and everything


(A cat suddenly enters the scene...)



- vɪl dʊ kʊma ʊp kjat:ɛ?

- do you want to come up? you cat


ʝɒʊ hɛ ʝæɾ ɪ tʉkardɪn kjaat

yes it is such a cat


sʊ skɒ vɒra kræŋʊ fɒɭkɛ

who wants to visit around people


hɒn skɒ ɒltɪ vɒra dæɾ ɛ ʝæɾ na fɒɭk

he always wants to be where there are some people


- ɪ fi:n kjaat

- a nice cat


ʝɒʊ, hɒn tʏtʃ ɒʊm ɒt vɒra.. ɒ ʝyyr

yeah, he likes to be around.. and drivel


- hɛ ʝæɾ sɒ vɛ kjat:ʊ

- that's how it is with cats


(Back to the firewoods again...)



hɛ ʝæɾ dɪn ɪnɛt ʝɛ skɒ!

it's in there (along this line) I will go!


ʝɛ skɒ hɔɔk hɛ sʊ ʝæɾ dɪn bɒʈɛt

I will cut down what is over there, along this line


hɛ ʝæɾ sʊ mʏtʃɪ bjæɾka dɪn

it's so much birch there


ɒ vɛ skɒ tɔɔ bjæɾka dɪn tɪl ve:n

and we will take the birch as firewoods


- ʝa, hɛ ʝæɾ bɾɔ: djœɾa ɔ vɛɪntɛɳ

- well yes, that's good to do wintertime


ʝɔ: ʝɒʊ, man lɪʊt ʝʊ djœɾa nɛ na nɛ ʝæɾ...

yes yes, one must do it when it is... (frosen)


Grammar lesson

The word 'cat' is a feminine noun, normally referred to as 'she'. But in this particular case, master Knut refers to it as 'he', because he knows that it is a male cat. There are other words for a male cats, 'ɪn kjatgɔ:p' or 'ɪn frɛs:', so when he says 'he', we indirectly know he thinks of one of the male words. The word 'ɪ kjaat' (cat) can mean both sexes, even though referred to as 'she'. Grammatical gender has little to do with natural gender, while e.g. 'pɒp:a' (daddy), ending with 'a', is a feminine noun.

Anyway, this particular cat must certainly speak Kalix Language, while it always 'ʝyyr'... :)