Be Friends

Be Friends -atęru-

 

There is no noun root meaning ‘friend’ or verb root that means ‘be a friend’.  Instead, the verb root -atęru- means ‘be friends.  It always takes a dual or a plural form.

 

ǫnyatęruʼ             We two are friends.

[on-yah-ten-roo-oo]

ǫy-                   1st person dual patient – we two

-atęru-              verb root – be friends

-ˀ                      stative aspect

 

If you say ‘kweh ǫnyatęruʼ it is the Wyandot equivalent  of ‘hello, my friend.’

 

ǫmatęruʼ              We (p) are friends, my friends.

[on-mah-ten-roo-oo]

ǫm-                  1st person plural patient – we (more than two)

-atęru-              verb root – be friends

-ˀ                      stative aspect

 

You can say Kweh ǫmatęruʼ.  to greet a group of people (like Chief does at meetings), which is the Wyandot equivalent of ‘hello, my friends.’

 

tundatęruh            They (two) are friends.

[t-hoon-dah-ten-rooh]

-t-                     dualic

-und-                masculine dual patient – they (two)

-atęru-              verb root – be friends

-h                     stative aspect

 

ąˀǫnyatęruhstaˀ    We two have become friends.

[ah-ah-on-yah-ten-rooh-stah-ah]

ąˀ-                    factual

-ǫny-                1st person dual patient – we two

-atęru-              verb root – be friends

-hst-                 causative-instrumental root suffix

-aˀ                    punctual aspect

 

ahundatęruhstaˀ     They (m) became friends.

[ah-hoon-dah-teh-rooh-stah-ah

a-                     factual

-hund-              masculine plural patient – they (m)

-atęru-              verb root – be friends

-hst-                 causative-instrumental root suffix

-aˀ                    punctual aspect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

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