Northern Khanty

Mitxuj and Melesnik

A fairy tale about two friends who defeated a demon.

Recorded in Aksarka in 1993 from Tatiana Endyreva (born in 1956).

  • ur-na u-s-ŋən mitχuj i mel'esnik. lin-iji ur-na u-s-ŋən aj pelək-na u-s kŭl. lin ul-ə-m tăχaj-na wɔj wel-s-ə-ŋən, a kŭl lŭw ul-ti tăχaj-ə-l-na wɔj wel-ə-s mitχuj pa mel'esnik-ŋən imŏsaj-na măn-s-ə-ŋən wɔj wel-ti. wɔj wel-ti măn-s-ə-ŋən pa jŏχət-s-ə-ŋən χăta kŭl u-s. kŭl ul-ti tăχaj-na jŏχət-s-ə-ŋən. kŭl ul-ti tăχaj-na jŏχət-s-ə-ŋən, kŭl iki wɔj wel-man jăŋχ-ə-l. lŭw χɔt-ə-l-na lăŋ-s-ə-ŋən pa śita pŭrəś imi ul. pŭrəś imi law-ə-l ătti: “nin mŏla-ji jŏχət-s-ə-tən, ńawrem-ij-eŋən. itta kŭl iki jŏχət-l pa niŋ jŏχi li-l-aj-tən”. imŏsaj-na χɔt-ə-n ijulti tări-ti pit-ə-s. kŭl iki śi jŏχət-l. pŭrəś imi-na wŭ-s-aj-ŋən pa ătti jernas-ə-l χŏśa jintəp-pi wer-ə-m-s-aj-ŋən. jintəp-pi wer-ə-m-s-aj-ŋən pa tup jintəp-pi wer-ə-m-s-aj-ŋən, kŭl iki jŏχi răkən-l. kŭl iki jŏχi răkən-l pa law-ə-l ătti: “tăta, law-ə-l, neŋχuj epəl-na ăw-ə-l”. a pŭrəś imi law-ə-l: “χălśa, law-ə-l, tăta neŋχuj epəl-na ăw-ə-l. itta ma weləś tup nampər tăta jŏwəlt-s-ə-m pa”.

    forest-LOC be-PST-3DU Mitkhui [and] Melesnik 3DU-DIM forest-LOC be-PST-3DU small half-LOC be-PST devil 3DU be-0-NMLZ.PF place-LOC animal kill-PST-0-3DU and devil 3 be-NMLZ.IMPF place-0-3SG-LOC animal kill-0-PST Mitkhui and Melesnik-DU one-LOC go-PST-0-3DU animal kill-NMLZ.IMPF animal kill-NMLZ.IMPF go-PST-0-3DU and arrive-PST-0-3DU where devil be-PST devil be-NMLZ.IMPF place-LOC arrive-PST-0-3DU devil be-NMLZ.IMPF place-LOC arrive-PST-0-3DU devil old:man animal kill-CVB walk-0-NONPST 3 house-0-3SG-LOC enter-PST-0-3DU and there old woman be old woman say-0-NONPST DP 2DU what-TRANS come-PST-0-2DU child-PST-DIM-DU that devil old:man arrive-NONPST and 2DU homewards eat-NONPST-PAS-2DU one-LOC house-0-2SG everywhere wobble-NMLZ.IMPF start-0-PST devil old:man FOC arrive-NONPST old woman-LOC take-PST-PAS-3DU and DP dress-0-3SG to needle-TRANS make-0-INCH-PST-PAS-3DU needle-TRANS make-0-INCH-PST-PAS-3DU and only needle-TRANS make-0-INCH-PST-PAS-3DU devil old:man homewards tumble-NONPST devil old:man homewards tumble-NONPST and say-0-NONPST DP here say-0-NONPST person taste-LOC smell-0-NONPST [but] old woman say-0-NONPST from:where say-0-NONPST here person taste-LOC smell-0-NONPST DP 1SG right:away only rubbish(?) here sweep(?)-PST-0-1SG and

    лес-ЛОК быть-ПРОШ-3ДВ Mitkhui [and] Melesnik 3ДВ-ДИМ лес-ЛОК быть-ПРОШ-3ДВ маленький half-ЛОК быть-ПРОШ черт 3ДВ быть-0-НМЛЗ.ПРФ место-ЛОК животное убить-ПРОШ-0-3ДВ and черт 3 быть-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ место-0-3ЕД-ЛОК животное убить-0-ПРОШ Mitkhui and Melesnik-ДВ один-ЛОК идти-ПРОШ-0-3ДВ животное убить-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ животное убить-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ идти-ПРОШ-0-3ДВ and прибыть-ПРОШ-0-3ДВ где черт быть-ПРОШ черт быть-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ место-ЛОК прибыть-ПРОШ-0-3ДВ черт быть-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ место-ЛОК прибыть-ПРОШ-0-3ДВ черт старик животное убить-КОНВ идти-0-NONPST 3 дом-0-3ЕД-ЛОК войти-ПРОШ-0-3ДВ and там старый женщина быть старый женщина сказать-0-NONPST DP 2ДВ что-TRANS прийти-ПРОШ-0-2ДВ ребенок-ПРОШ-ДИМ-ДВ тот черт старик прибыть-NONPST and 2ДВ homewards есть-NONPST-ПАС-2ДВ один-ЛОК дом-0-2ЕД everywhere wobble-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ начать-0-ПРОШ черт старик ФОК прибыть-NONPST старый женщина-ЛОК взять-ПРОШ-ПАС-3ДВ and DP платье-0-3ЕД к needle-TRANS делать-0-ИНХ-ПРОШ-ПАС-3ДВ needle-TRANS делать-0-ИНХ-ПРОШ-ПАС-3ДВ and only needle-TRANS делать-0-ИНХ-ПРОШ-ПАС-3ДВ черт старик homewards tumble-NONPST черт старик homewards tumble-NONPST and сказать-0-NONPST DP здесь сказать-0-NONPST человек taste-ЛОК smell-0-NONPST [но] старый женщина сказать-0-NONPST from:where сказать-0-NONPST здесь человек taste-ЛОК smell-0-NONPST DP 1ЕД right:away only мусор(?) здесь sweep(?)-ПРОШ-0-1ЕД and

    Mitkhui and Melesnik lived in the forest. Ear to them on the other side of the forest lived a demon. They hunted in the place where they lived, and the demon hunted in the place where he lived. Once Mitkhui and Melesnik went hunting. They went hunting and came to where the demon lived. They came to the place where the demon lived, the demon was out hunting. They went into his house, an old woman was there. The old woman said: “Why have you come, children? The demon will come now and eat you.” Suddenly the whole house began to shake. The demon was coming. The old woman took them and turned them into needles in her dress. She turned them into needles in her dress. She turned them into needles and just when she had turned them into needles the demon swept into the house. The demon swept into the house and said: “It smells of humans here.” But the old woman said: “Where should the smell of humans come from? I was just sweeping out the rubbish.”
  • ila-ji ji-s, kŭl iki jăm-ə-ś li-s. itta pŭrəś imi law-ə-l ătti: “χŏti wer-l-a, law-ə-l, niŋ-en, law-ə-l, ma părta neŋχuj śi wer-l-ə-lam” părta neŋχuj wer-s-ə-lli pa śikəńśa kŭl iki law-ə-l: “ɔj, tăm ńawrem-ij-eŋən itta ma jŏχi śi li-l-lam. nu, lin, law-ə-l, seŋk ănti ńŏχa ăn tăj-l-ə-ŋən, jesa, law-ə-l, at ul-l-ə-ŋən pa ńŏχaj-ə-n-na at ji-l-ŋən”. kŭl iki il χuj-ə-s. ɔləŋ săχat-ti ji-s pa măn-ə-s wɔj wel-ti-ji. mitχuj pa mel'esnik-ŋən śita ul-l-ə-ŋən pŭrəś imi χŏśa. pŭrəś imi law-ə-l: “kasəŋ ilaj-na, law-ə-l ănti, kŭl iki, law-ə-l ănti, lɔw-ə-l, law-ə-l, kim es-l-ə-lli, law-ə-l. lɔw-ə-l kim es-l-ə-lli pa, law-ə-l, lɔw-ə-l sɔrńi-ŋ naj iti, law-ə-l, sɔrńi-ŋ naj iti al wŏlij-ə-l lɔw-ə-l. lŭw χunti kim et-t-al-na kamən nawi-ji jŭw-i-li-j-ə-l”.

    evening-TRANS come-PST devil old:man good-0-ADV eat-PST that old woman say-0-NONPST DP how make-NONPST-PAS say-0-NONPST 2DU-ACC/DAT say-0-NONPST 1SG back person FOC make-NONPST-0-PL.1SG back person make-PST-0-SG.3SG and DP devil old:man say-0-NONPST INTJ this child-DIM-DU DP 1SG homewards FOC eat-NONPST-PL.1SG INTJ 3DU say-0-NONPST very DP flesh NEG have-NONPST-0-3DU a:little say-0-NONPST OPT be-NONPST-0-3DU and flesh-0-2SG-LOC OPT come-NONPST-3DU devil old:man down lie-0-PST morning time-TRANS come-PST and go-0-PST animal kill-NMLZ.IMPF-TRANS Mitkhui and Melesnik-DU there be-NONPST-0-3DU old woman to old woman say-0-NONPST each evening-LOC say-0-NONPST DP devil old:man say-0-NONPST DP horse-0-3SG say-0-NONPST out release-NONPST-0-SG.3SG say-0-NONPST horse-0-3SG out release-NONPST-0-SG.3SG and say-0-NONPST horse-0-3SG gold-PROPR sun as say-0-NONPST gold-PROPR sun as very:much shine-0-NONPST horse-0-3SG 3 when out come:forth-NMLZ.IMPF-3SG-LOC outside white-TRANS come-0-IMPF-FREQ-0-NONPST

    вечер-TRANS прийти-ПРОШ черт старик хороший-0-ADV есть-ПРОШ тот старый женщина сказать-0-NONPST DP как делать-NONPST-ПАС сказать-0-NONPST 2ДВ-АКК/ДАТ сказать-0-NONPST 1ЕД назад человек ФОК делать-NONPST-0-МН.1ЕД назад человек делать-ПРОШ-0-ЕД.3ЕД and DP черт старик сказать-0-NONPST МЕЖД этот ребенок-ДИМ-ДВ DP 1ЕД homewards ФОК есть-NONPST-МН.1ЕД МЕЖД 3ДВ сказать-0-NONPST очень DP flesh НЕГ have-NONPST-0-3ДВ a:little сказать-0-NONPST OPT быть-NONPST-0-3ДВ and flesh-0-2ЕД-ЛОК OPT прийти-NONPST-3ДВ черт старик down лежать-0-ПРОШ утро время-TRANS прийти-ПРОШ and идти-0-ПРОШ животное убить-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-TRANS Mitkhui and Melesnik-ДВ там быть-NONPST-0-3ДВ старый женщина к старый женщина сказать-0-NONPST каждый вечер-ЛОК сказать-0-NONPST DP черт старик сказать-0-NONPST DP horse-0-3ЕД сказать-0-NONPST из release-NONPST-0-ЕД.3ЕД сказать-0-NONPST horse-0-3ЕД из release-NONPST-0-ЕД.3ЕД and сказать-0-NONPST horse-0-3ЕД gold-ПРОПР солнце as сказать-0-NONPST gold-ПРОПР солнце as very:much сверкать-0-NONPST horse-0-3ЕД 3 когда из come:forth-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-3ЕД-ЛОК снаружи белый-TRANS прийти-0-ИМПФ-ФРЕКВ-0-NONPST

    Night fell and the demon ate well. The old woman said: “What should I do, I’ll turn you back into humans.” She turned them back into humans and the demon said: “Oh, I’ll eat these lads now. But they’re awfully skinny; let them live a bit still, let them put on some flesh.” The demon lay down to sleep. Morning broke, he went out hunting again. Mitkhui and Melesnik stayed with the old woman. The old woman said: “Every evening the demon lets the horse outside. The horse shines like the sun, like the sun is how the horse shines. When it goes out, it turns light outside.”
  • śi ila-ji ji-s. mitχuj pa mel'esnik-ŋən kim et-l-ə-ŋən pa wan-l-ə-llən jina pa śi lŏw kim et-ə-s. lŏw kim et-ə-s pa jiŋk jiś-ti măn-l. lin śi lŏw χŏśa măn-l-ə-ŋən pa jălta wan-l-ə-llən, mŏla lŭw wer-l. śi lŏw-en jiŋk χŏśa măn-ə-s pa jiŋk jińś-ə-s pa śikəńśa părta măn-l. părta măn-l pa wan-l-ə-llən χŏləś tăχa măn-l śi lɔw-en. părta jŏχət-l pa śikəńśa lŏw χɔt-ə-l-na lăŋ-ə-l. lin pŭrəś imi χŏśa măn-l-ə-ŋən pa law-l-ə-ŋən ătti: śi lɔw-ən mɔs-l min-emən nŏχ wŭ-ti-ji” a pŭrəś imi law-ə-l: “mŏla śir-na niŋ ătti nŏχ wŭ-l-lən. śi lŏw nŏχ wŭ-l-lən ki, niŋ kŭl-na śi wel-l-aj-tən. nu, law-ə-l, pa ila-ji ji-l, χŭnti pa, law-ə-l ătti, jiŋk jiś-ti mănt-al-na śi pŏraj-na niŋ tup werit-l-ə-llən wŭ-ti-ji pa i pelək-na măn-ti-ji. i pelək-na pit-l-ə-tən ki, lŭw kŭl-na ănt mŏśat-l-aj-tən.
    DP evening-TRANS come-PST Mitkhui and Melesnik-DU out come:forth-NONPST-0-3DU and see-NONPST-0-SG.3DU DP and horse out come:forth-0-PST horse out come:forth-0-PST and water drink-NMLZ.IMPF go-NONPST 3DU FOC horse to go-NONPST-0-3DU and from:behind see-NONPST-0-SG.3DU what 3 make-NONPST DP horse-2SG water to go-0-PST and water drink-0-PST and DP back go-NONPST back go-NONPST and see-NONPST-0-SG.3DU to:where place go-NONPST DP horse-2SG back arrive-NONPST and DP horse house-0-3SG-LOC enter-0-NONPST 3DU old woman to go-NONPST-0-3DU and say-NONPST-0-3DU DP DP horse-0-2DU must-NONPST 1DU-ACC/DAT up take-NMLZ.IMPF-TRANS [but] old woman say-0-NONPST what way-LOC 2DU DP up take-NONPST-SG.2DU DP horse up take-NONPST-SG.2DU if 2DU devil-LOC FOC kill-NONPST-PAS-2DU INTJ say-0-NONPST and evening-TRANS come-NONPST when and say-0-NONPST DP water drink-NMLZ.IMPF come-NMLZ.IMPF-3SG-LOC FOC time-LOC 2DU only can-NONPST-0-SG.2DU take-NMLZ.IMPF-TRANS and one half-LOC go-NMLZ.IMPF-TRANS one side-LOC fall-NONPST-0-2DU if 3 devil-LOC NEG get-NONPST-PAS-2DU
    DP вечер-TRANS прийти-ПРОШ Mitkhui and Melesnik-ДВ из come:forth-NONPST-0-3ДВ and видеть-NONPST-0-ЕД.3ДВ DP and horse из come:forth-0-ПРОШ horse из come:forth-0-ПРОШ and вода drink-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ идти-NONPST 3ДВ ФОК horse к идти-NONPST-0-3ДВ and from:behind видеть-NONPST-0-ЕД.3ДВ что 3 делать-NONPST DP horse-2ЕД вода к идти-0-ПРОШ and вода drink-0-ПРОШ and DP назад идти-NONPST назад идти-NONPST and видеть-NONPST-0-ЕД.3ДВ to:where место идти-NONPST DP horse-2ЕД назад прибыть-NONPST and DP horse дом-0-3ЕД-ЛОК войти-0-NONPST 3ДВ старый женщина к идти-NONPST-0-3ДВ and сказать-NONPST-0-3ДВ DP DP horse-0-2ДВ must-NONPST 1ДВ-АКК/ДАТ вверх взять-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-TRANS [но] старый женщина сказать-0-NONPST что way-ЛОК 2ДВ DP вверх взять-NONPST-ЕД.2ДВ DP horse вверх взять-NONPST-ЕД.2ДВ if 2ДВ черт-ЛОК ФОК убить-NONPST-ПАС-2ДВ МЕЖД сказать-0-NONPST and вечер-TRANS прийти-NONPST когда and сказать-0-NONPST DP вода drink-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ прийти-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-3ЕД-ЛОК ФОК время-ЛОК 2ДВ only can-NONPST-0-ЕД.2ДВ взять-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-TRANS and один half-ЛОК идти-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-TRANS один сторона-ЛОК fall-NONPST-0-2ДВ if 3 черт-ЛОК НЕГ получить-NONPST-ПАС-2ДВ
    Night fell again. Mitkhui and Melesnik went outside and looked–the horse really did come out. The horse came out and went to drink water. They went after the horse, they watched from afar what it was doing. The horse went to the water, drank water and came back. It came back and they watched where the horse was going. It came back and went into the stable. They went to the old woman and said: “We must take this horse.” But the old woman said: “How will you take it? If you take the horse the demon will kill you. When night falls again when it goes out to drink water only then will you be able to take it and cross to the other side. If you make it to the other side, the demon will not catch you. He can’t go on water.”
  • lŭw-el ănt răχ-ə-l śi jiŋk χŏśa măn-ti-ji”.
 pa ila-ji jis, kŭl iki pa jŏχət-l jŏχi pa li-l pa χuj-ə-l. pa li-l pa χuj-ə-l pa mitχuj mel'esnik-ŋən śi numəs-l-ə-ŋən, χŭnti pa aləŋ săχat-ti ji-l. pa aləŋ săχat-ti ji-s, kŭl iki pa wɔj wel-ti măn-l. pa wɔj wel-ti măn-l, lin śiti ul-l-ə-ŋən tălaŋ χătl. ila-ji pa ji-l, itta lɔw-ə-n pa kim et-l, iśiti al wŏlij-ə-l. tŭt iti al wŏlij-ə-l, lŭw el-t-el ăsa ijulti nawi-ji ji-l. lin măn-l-ə-ŋən śi lŏw χŏśa. kat-l-ə-llən. kat-l-ə-llən pa śikəńśa sɔra sɔra nŏχ lel-ə-m-l-ə-ŋən śi lŏw χŏśa, śi jiŋk i pelk-ə-ś măn-l-ə-ŋən. jiŋk i pelk-ə-ś tup măn-l-ə-ŋən pa imŏsaj-na mŭw al tări-ti pit-ə-s pa kŭl iki jŏχət-l. kŭl iki jŏχət-l pa śukas ŭw-ə-l jiŋk i pelək ewəlt lin pelaj-ə-n. nu, lŭw-ə-l ăn răχ-ə-l, śi jiŋk χŏśa tup lăŋ-ə-l ki, śi lŭw ătti kew iti ji-l. śiti śukas ŭw-ə-s, ŭw-ə-s, a mel'esnik-ŋən mitχuj-ŋən śiti śi măn-s-ə-ŋən lɔw-ə-l pil-na. i pelək-na jŏχət-s-ə-ŋən pa wan-l-ə-llən, lɔw-ə-n law-ə-l ătti, itta law-ə-l:
    3-ACC/DAT NEG be:possible(?)-0-NONPST FOC water to go-NMLZ.IMPF-TRANS
 and evening-TRANS come-PST devil old:man and arrive-NONPST homewards and eat-NONPST and lie-0-NONPST and eat-NONPST and lie-0-NONPST and Mitkhui Melesnik-DU FOC think-NONPST-0-3DU when and morning time-TRANS come-NONPST and morning time-TRANS come-PST devil old:man and animal kill-NMLZ.IMPF go-NONPST and animal kill-NMLZ.IMPF go-NONPST 3DU so be-NONPST-0-3DU whole day evening-TRANS and come-NONPST that horse-0-3DU and out come-NONPST likewise very:much shine-0-NONPST fire as very:much shine-0-NONPST 3 come-NMLZ.IMPF-3PL all everywhere white-TRANS come-NONPST 3DU go-NONPST-0-3DU DP horse to seize-NONPST-0-SG.3DU seize-NONPST-0-SG.3DU and DP quickly quickly up sit-0-INCH-NONPST-0-3DU DP horse to DP water one half-0-ADV go-NONPST-0-3DU water one half-0-ADV only go-NONPST-0-3DU and one-LOC land wobble-NMLZ.IMPF start-0-PST and devil old:man arrive-NONPST devil old:man arrive-NONPST and loudly shout-0-NONPST water one side from 3DU towards-0-3DU INTJ 3-0-ACC/DAT NEG be:possible-0-NONPST DP water to only enter-0-NONPST if DP 3 DP stone as come-NONPST so loudly shout-0-PST shout-0-PST [but] Melesnik-DU Mitkhui-DU so FOC go-PST-0-3DU horse-0-3SG companion-LOC one half-LOC arrive-PST-0-3DU and see-NONPST-0-SG.3DU horse-0-3DU say-0-NONPST DP DP say-0-NONPST
    3-АКК/ДАТ НЕГ be:possible(?)-0-NONPST ФОК вода к идти-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-TRANS
 and вечер-TRANS прийти-ПРОШ черт старик and прибыть-NONPST homewards and есть-NONPST and лежать-0-NONPST and есть-NONPST and лежать-0-NONPST and Mitkhui Melesnik-ДВ ФОК think-NONPST-0-3ДВ когда and утро время-TRANS прийти-NONPST and утро время-TRANS прийти-ПРОШ черт старик and животное убить-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ идти-NONPST and животное убить-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ идти-NONPST 3ДВ так быть-NONPST-0-3ДВ целый день вечер-TRANS and прийти-NONPST тот horse-0-3ДВ and из прийти-NONPST likewise very:much сверкать-0-NONPST огонь as very:much сверкать-0-NONPST 3 прийти-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ-3МН весь everywhere белый-TRANS прийти-NONPST 3ДВ идти-NONPST-0-3ДВ DP horse к seize-NONPST-0-ЕД.3ДВ seize-NONPST-0-ЕД.3ДВ and DP быстро быстро вверх сидеть-0-ИНХ-NONPST-0-3ДВ DP horse к DP вода один half-0-ADV идти-NONPST-0-3ДВ вода один half-0-ADV only идти-NONPST-0-3ДВ and один-ЛОК земля wobble-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ начать-0-ПРОШ and черт старик прибыть-NONPST черт старик прибыть-NONPST and loudly кричать-0-NONPST вода один сторона от 3ДВ в:направлении-0-3ДВ МЕЖД 3-0-АКК/ДАТ НЕГ be:possible-0-NONPST DP вода к only войти-0-NONPST if DP 3 DP камень as прийти-NONPST так loudly кричать-0-ПРОШ кричать-0-ПРОШ [но] Melesnik-ДВ Mitkhui-ДВ так ФОК идти-ПРОШ-0-3ДВ horse-0-3ЕД товарищ-ЛОК один half-ЛОК прибыть-ПРОШ-0-3ДВ and видеть-NONPST-0-ЕД.3ДВ horse-0-3ДВ сказать-0-NONPST DP DP сказать-0-NONPST
    Night fell again, the demon came home again, ate and lay down to sleep. Once again he ate and lay down to sleep. Morning broke again, the demon went off hunting. He went off hunting and they stayed the whole day. Night fell, the horse went out and shone again. It gleamed like fire and made everything light. They went up to the horse. They caught it, they caught it, mounted it really fast and took off on the horse over the water to the other side. As soon as they reached the other side of the water, suddenly the earth began to shake, the demon was coming. The demon was coming and he shouted out loudly at them from the other side. He could not cross, as soon as he went into the water, he would turn into stone. He shouted out loudly, shouted, but Mitkhui and Melesnik set off on the horse. They came to the to the other side and looked–the horse said: “Now we have come to this side, both of you now go into one of my ears and come out of the other ear.”
  • “tăm pelək-na jŏχət-s-uw pa, law-ə-l ătti, năŋ i păl-em ewəlt lăŋ-a-tən, i păl-em ewəlt kim et-a-tən”. mitχuj ɔləŋ-na lăŋ-ə-s, i păl-ə-l ewəlt lăŋ-ə-s, i păl-ə-l ewəlt kim et-ə-s. al wŏlij-ə-l wŏlli, χɔram sŏχ-ə-t mŏlaj-ə-t ăsa tăj-ə-l. mel'esnik pa i păl-ə-l ewəlt lăŋ-ə-l, păl-ə-l ewəlt kim et-ə-s. iśiti al wŏlij-ə-l, sŏχ-l-al al wŏlij-ə-l-ə-t ăsa, śi χɔrpi χɔram-ə-ŋ ji-s-ŋən. śikəńśa wan-l-ə-llən ătti, i wŭl wɔs śita wan-na ul. śi wŭl wɔs χŏśa măn-s-ə-ŋən pa śita mŏla taś-ə-ŋ ăt-ə-t śita ul-l-ə-t. wɔs-ə-l al wŏlij-ə-l. śi wɔs χŏśa jŏχət-l-ə-ŋən pa śikəńśa ătti śita śi χɔrpi χɔram-ə-ŋ niŋ ul. mel'esnik śi niŋ-ŋi wer-l-ə-lli pa jăχa ul-ti pit-l-ə-ŋən. i niŋ-ə-l pa i ɔpi pa tăj-m-al. śi ɔpi pil-na pa ul-ti pit-l mitχuj-ə-l. lin śita wek ul-ti pit-l-ə-ŋən śi wɔs-ə-n-na.
    this half-LOC arrive-PST-1PL and say-0-NONPST DP 2SG one ear-1SG from enter-IMP-2DU one ear-1SG from out come:forth-IMP-2DU Mitkhui first-LOC enter-0-PST one ear-0-3SG from enter-0-PST one ear-0-3SG from out come:forth-0-PST very:much shine-0-NONPST completely beautiful hide-0-PL what-0-PL all have-0-NONPST Melesnik and one ear-0-3SG from enter-0-NONPST ear-0-3SG from out come:forth-0-PST likewise very:much shine-0-NONPST hide-PL-3SG very:much shine-0-NONPST-0-3PL all DP like beautiful-0-PROPR come-PST-3DU DP see-NONPST-0-SG.3DU DP one big town there short-LOC be DP big town to go-PST-0-3DU and there what herd-0-PROPR thing-0-PL there be-NONPST-0-3PL town-0-3SG very:much shine-0-NONPST DP town to arrive-NONPST-0-3DU and DP DP there FOC like beautiful-0-PROPR woman be Melesnik FOC woman-TRANS make-NONPST-0-SG.3SG and together be-NMLZ.IMPF start-NONPST-0-3DU one woman-0-3SG and one elder:sister and have-NMLZ.PF-3SG DP elder:sister companion-LOC and be-NMLZ.IMPF start-NONPST Mitkhui-0-3SG 3DU there forever be-NMLZ.IMPF start-NONPST-0-3DU DP town-0-3DU-LOC
    этот half-ЛОК прибыть-ПРОШ-1МН and сказать-0-NONPST DP 2ЕД один ear-1ЕД от войти-ИМП-2ДВ один ear-1ЕД от из come:forth-ИМП-2ДВ Mitkhui первый-ЛОК войти-0-ПРОШ один ear-0-3ЕД от войти-0-ПРОШ один ear-0-3ЕД от из come:forth-0-ПРОШ very:much сверкать-0-NONPST completely beautiful прятать-0-МН что-0-МН весь have-0-NONPST Melesnik and один ear-0-3ЕД от войти-0-NONPST ear-0-3ЕД от из come:forth-0-ПРОШ likewise very:much сверкать-0-NONPST прятать-МН-3ЕД very:much сверкать-0-NONPST-0-3МН весь DP любить beautiful-0-ПРОПР прийти-ПРОШ-3ДВ DP видеть-NONPST-0-ЕД.3ДВ DP один большой город там short-ЛОК быть DP большой город к идти-ПРОШ-0-3ДВ and там что herd-0-ПРОПР вещь-0-МН там быть-NONPST-0-3МН город-0-3ЕД very:much сверкать-0-NONPST DP город к прибыть-NONPST-0-3ДВ and DP DP там ФОК любить beautiful-0-ПРОПР женщина быть Melesnik ФОК женщина-TRANS делать-NONPST-0-ЕД.3ЕД and together быть-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ начать-NONPST-0-3ДВ один женщина-0-3ЕД and один старшая:сестра and have-НМЛЗ.ПРФ-3ЕД DP старшая:сестра товарищ-ЛОК and быть-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ начать-NONPST Mitkhui-0-3ЕД 3ДВ там forever быть-НМЛЗ.ИМПФ начать-NONPST-0-3ДВ DP город-0-3ДВ-ЛОК
    First Mitkhui went into one of its ears and came out the other ear, he was gleaming, there were beautiful clothes on him and everything. Melesnik entered an ear, too, and came out the other ear. He was also gleaming, his clothes were gleaming, they were both just as beautiful as the other. Then they looked–close by there was a large town. They went into this large town and there were rich people living there. The town gleamed. They went into this town and a beautiful woman was living there. Melesnik married this woman and they started to live together. This woman also had a sister. Mitkhui started to live with this sister. So they started to live for good in this town.