May you all... (Vyh)
|Date:||Saturday, February 16, 2002, 10:11|
Easy enough for me to reply to! Here's the Vya:a:h,
if anyone's interested.
> "May you all live long! May it not rain on your
> heads forever!"
VYH. ROMANIZED TRANSLATION
YYinkjankjoekansh-maa ta:mLe-vLLLe yyiauxlta:a:!
YYi yy'czyoooepa:a: uunk suuigkja:afoo!
Onto [honorific].self.[humblizer].head ever
VYH. TO ENG. BACK-TRANSLATION
Through a long period-of-time, may you all live!
Onto each of your heads, may rain not ever fall!
yyi + nkjankjoe + kan + sh + -maa
yyi = through, over, on(to), exceed, sur-
nkjanjkoe = long time <> nkjoenkjoe = short time
kan = period, frame (of time)
sh = [indefinite article] a/n
-maa = manner, fashion (in the way of [preceding])
ta:m + Le + -vLL + Le
ta:m = you (plural)
Le = to (used only with "may" or wishing)
vLL = life
*Hyphen (-) between the two links them, and it also
reinforces the concept of "live" towards the verb,
which in Vyh. would not be the actual verb "live"
(as in the sense of "inhabitate") but "exist".
Hence, the direct translation "may you exist, this
wish being to you and to your life" becomes the
idea expressed above "may you live..."
* YYiauxlta:a: ( *-> yyiolta:a: )
yyi + auxlta:a: (= _oll_ + _-ta:a:_)
yyioll = exist (or live, make a compelling presence)
-ta:a: = (not a separate word, added to verbs to
express "may" when the subject is 2nd pl.
only -- "Haussk'tauxlta:a:" is "Welcome
[all of you"])
(note that verbal stem's final vowel turns
to _aux_ before adding -ta:a:)
yy' + czyo + ooe + pa:a:
yy' = [honorific, also "cancels" out true meaning
of _ooe_; see below]
czyo = self (as in "yourself" or "myself"; re-
inforces idea that it's "your own" head)
ooe = under, below, lower, in-, il-
(But here, it is used in conjunction with
a body part; so, it gives an even stronger
implication that it is "each one of you"
whose heads we're talking about. Common
feature of Vyh, to call something on oneself
"silly" or "insufficient" even though it is
not really meant.)
pa:a: = head
= ever, never, (single instance)
(Can take on a variety of meanings depending on
usage. Here, with a negative, it means "never".
In other cases, it can mean "ever" as in "have
you ever been there?" Yet in other cases, it
can mean "even" as in "I wasn't even there!" or
"once" as in "I might have gone once" or "some-
time" as in "Could you have arrived sometime
suui + gkja: + -af- + -oo
suui = water
gkja: = dance
(Note that when used together, _suuigkja:_
always takes on the meaning of "to rain" or
"rainfall". The Enclaves see the rain [water]
@@@as partying, hence dancing, while coming down)
-af- = [negative] not
-oo = may (wish, desire, used only when subject is
3rd sing., as in "it")
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