ᴱQ. píke assari silde “blinking on bones gleaming”

⚠️ᴱQ. píce assari sildë “blinking on bones gleaming”

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The thirty third line of the Oilima Markirya poem (MC/214). The first word is the aorist form of the verb pik- “to blink” followed by an inflected form assari of as (ass-) “bone” modified by the plural form of the adjective silda “gleaming”. Gilson, Welden, and Hostetter suggested that assari might be an idiomatic use of the dative or perhaps a variant accusative (PE16/87), but I believe it might be a variant locative: the r-locative.

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

pík-e assa-r-i sild-e = “*blink-(aorist) bone-on-(plural) gleaming-(plural)”

Reference ✧ MC/214 ✧ “blinking on bones gleaming”


#pik- “to blink” active-participle ✧ MC/214 (píke)
as “bone” locative plural ✧ MC/214 (assari)
silda “gleaming” plural ✧ MC/214 (silde)

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