|12:39 pm - A brief introduction to Nuirn, pt. 12 (Verbs 5: present middle and simple future)|
What follows is likely the easiest set of verb paradigms in Nuirn: the present middle and the simple future active.
These are the last verb forms in Nuirn formed from the present infinitive stem.
The present middle
In current Nuirn, the present middle voice of any regular verb is formed by a reliable rule. You drop the final -n from the second infinitive and replace it with -s. This form serves as the conjugated finite form for all persons and numbers, and also as the middle infinitive.
Thus, for our model verbs bruca and brise, "to use" and "to break" respectively, the conjugations go:
brucas ec I get broken, am broken
brucas þú you get broken, are broken
brucas han he gets broken, is broken
brucas hón etc.
Syntax, translation, and usage
The Nuirn middle voice is a versatile and frequently encountered verb form. There are a number of ways to translate it in English:
As an essentially invariant form, it is usually used in current usage with a full pronoun rather than a clitic. In older Nuirn, it had synthetic foms, a few of which survive, mostly in fixed phrases and fossil forms. The ones that still have some currency are:
-mey, former first person singular: brisemey, "I am broken"
-stan, stón, former third person masc., fem. Forms
-(e)unsaí, former first person plural form: struntunsaí, "we become intoxicated"
With some intransitive verbs, usage requires that the subject be cast in the accusative case rather than the nominative case:
Þórstas mey, "I am thirsty".
Hygec er siùcas mey. "I think I'm getting sick".
Because the pronoun here is not in the nominative, it does not have to appear directly after the finite verb in a main clause, and can wander freely: mey þórstas…..
With verbs referring to weather and similar phenomena, it is used with a null subject:
Reghnas. "It is raining"
Sólas. "The sun is shining"
Standhas, yn ías ecki. "The traffic is bumper to bumper" (lit. "It gets stood, and it does not get gone.")
As such, it also functions as a general impersonal form. The verb "to be" has impersonal forms: is, "there is", and also bhí (plene, bhíth), which figures mostly in the conjugation of the eventive sequence.
Deponent and defective verbs.
A number of verbs are used chiefly in the middle voice. Weather verbs are one category; there are others, such as baþas "bathe" and rennightheas "wash yourself".
Aian "to say" is an important defective verb. It has two active forms: aiec and aistiú, "I say" and "you say". It has a weak preterit, aidde, which is regular. But the commonest encountered form of this verb is aiteas, an irregular middle voice form that means "it is said".
The simple future
The simple future is easily described. Except in the third person singular, it is a possessed second infinitive. It is only used with pronominal subjects, and as such, they must remain glued to the end of the verb in main clauses:
brucanam I will use
brucanaës you will use
brucanan he will use
brucanón she will use
brucanet it will use
brucanavus we will use
brucanaí you (pl) will use
brucanay they will use
briseneam I will break
The simple future calques English's "I have to…." construction, and is used in similar contexts. It suggests duty or obligation. More general or abstract futures are formed with a variety of auxiliaries, such as the general and colorless sculla and munna, and the somewhat more imperative fáa and gete, which have some of the force of English "shall".