Q. man tiruva fána cirya?, “Who shall heed a white ship?”

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The sixth line of the Markirya poem (MC/222). The first word is man “who” followed by the future of tir- “to heed”. The object of the phrase is the noun cirya¹ “ship”, preceded by the adjective fána “white”.

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

man tir-uva fána cirya? = “*who heed-(future) white ship”

Reference ✧ MC/222 ✧ Man tiruva fána kirya “Who shall heed a white ship?”


man “who” ✧ MC/222.0301
tir- “to watch (over), guard, heed; to look (at), gaze, observe” future ✧ MC/222.0302 (tiruva)
fána “white; [ᴹQ.] cloud” ✧ MC/222.0303
cirya¹ “ship, boat; swift gliding” ✧ MC/222.0304 (kirya)

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