Lexember 3: Contract

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Nitherian word: wewalin “written contract”

From: Old Maritime wehwáɭøɥn, dative plural of wehwáɭø “witness”, itself a fossilized compound meaning “truth-hearer”.

The Maritimers referred to the process of signing a contract as “making an agreement to witnesses“. The Nitherians picked up the “to witnesses” part as their word for “written contract”.

Example:

Tsmpaso wewalin islo thwerwi opa.

[tsm̩.paˈso.tɕi
tsm-pa-so
be.at-LOC.APPL3s
we.waˈlin
wewalin
contract
ˈi.ɬo
i-slo
with-3p
ˈðwe.rwi
thwerwi
216
ˈo.pa]
opa
banana
The contract is for two hundred bananas.

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