Ro auheyz myjisaz muushhayik naksil,
The song from the bird is about importance
ro auhey-z m-yj-isa-z muushay-ik naksil the song-Pl bird-G-Pl important-ness deal.with e' naytays-es plaat rim tart-el skr-az-ual a heron-G clothes cut clean-F dew-with (Mid)
This requires a little explaining. rim + verb-F is the middle voice. Nzva uses modal constructions whose meanings are rarely clear from their literal meanings. Nzva verbs have two endings, Present (no ending) and Future (-l/-el). When used with the same modal verb, each form has its own distinct meaning. For example, rim tartel means "cleans" in the middle voice, but rim tart means "stops cleaning".
e' ryha ro noshim ma�ing-ayn mek b-eyz-anak a lark the sky religion-ly praise evening-at kasko ky ro vyya mis-aalis pony meyn-ayn? but lie the way bird-ish understand least-ly? (Pass)
Another case of the cryptic modals. ky + verb is the passive construction. Here the modal, ky, precedes the subject, vyya, indicating this is a yes/no question. meynayn means "at all".
© Irina Rempt, Joe Mondello 23-06-1999