Q. ve maiwi yaimië “like gulls wailing”

Q. ve maiwi yaimië, “like gulls wailing”

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The fifth line of the Markirya poem (MC/222). The first word is ve¹ “like”, followed by the plural of maiwë “gull” and the plural form of the adjective yaimëa “wailing” in agreement with the noun.

Decomposition: Broken into its constituent elements, this phrase would be:

ve maiw-i yaim-ië = “*like gull-(plural) wailing-(plural)”

Reference ✧ MC/222 ✧ ve maiwi yaimie “like gulls wailing”

Elements

ve¹ “as, like, similar, after the manner [of]” ✧ MC/222
maiwë “gull” plural ✧ MC/222 (maiwi)
yaimëa “wailing” plural ✧ MC/222 (yaimie)

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ᴱQ. ve maiwin qaine “like gulls wailing”

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The fourth line of the Oilima Markirya poem (MC/213). The first word is the preposition ve “like” followed by the nominative plural of the noun maiwe “gull” and the plural form of the adjective qaina “wailing”.

Decomposition: Broken into its constituent elements, this phrase would be:

ve maiw-i-n qain-e = “*like gull-(plural)-(nominative) wailing-(plural)”

Reference ✧ MC/213 ✧ “like gulls wailing”

Elements

ve “as, like” ✧ MC/213
máwe “gull, seamew” nominative plural ✧ MC/213 (maiwin)
#qaina “wailing” plural ✧ MC/213 (qaine)

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