be long

Be long – -ǫts-

There are two verb roots that mean ‘be long’ in Wyandot.  The one found most often is -es-, which requires the incorporation of a noun root or noun stem.  This verb does not incorporate either one.  It typically appears after a particle

 

Tuh inyǫtsih                   How long is it?

[tooh]

 

inyǫtsih                          It is long.

[ee-nyon-tseeh]

iny-                              partitive – such

-ǫts-                             feminine-zoic singular agent – it + verb root – be long

-ih                                stative aspect

 

deˀka inyǫtsih                 It is this long.

[deh-eh-kah]

[ee-nyon-tseeh]

 

Šeyanę inyǫtsih             It is very long

[sheh-yah-nenh]

[ee-nyon-tseeh]

 

Šeyanę                           very, greatly

deˀka sę  atayǫstęh          Please make it for me of this length.

[sen]

 

atayǫstęh                       Make it long for me.

[ah-tah-yon-stenh]

-a-                                cislocative

-t-                                 imperative

-ay-                              1st person singular patient – me

-ǫs-                              verb root – be long

-t-                                 causative root suffix

-ęh                               imperative aspect

 

 

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