Corn terms

Corn

The noun for corn in Wyandot is constructed from the noun root -nęh-.   

unęhaˀ                  corn

[oo-nen-hah-ah]

u-                     feminine-zoic – it

-nęh-               noun root  – corn

-aˀ                    noun suffix

 

unęhǫgyaˀ             It is green corn, immature, soft corn.

[oo-nen-hon-gyah-ah]

u-                     feminine-zoic singular patient – it

-nęh-               noun root – corn

-ǫgy-                verb root –  make

-aˀ                    stative aspect + diminutive aspect suffix

 

awunęhihšęˀ          It is completed corn, ripe corn.

[ah-woo-nen-hee-shen-en]

aw-                  factual

-u-                    feminine-zoic singular patient – it

-nęh-               noun root – corn

-ihš-                 verb root – complete, finish

-ęˀ                    punctual aspect

 

anęhaęˀ                  I have corn, my corn.

a-                     1st person singular patient – I, my

-nęh-               noun root – corn

-a-                    joiner vowel

-ę-                    verb root  – have

-ˀ                      stative aspect

 

Parts of the Corn Plant

Green Cornstalks – –ndrahęˀny

 

undrahęˀnyaˀ         green cornstalk

[oon-drah-hen-en-nyah-ah]

u-                     feminine-zoic singular patient – it

ndrahęˀny–    noun root – green cornstalk

-aˀ                    noun suffix

 

undrahęˀnyut         It is a standing green cornstalk

u-                     FZP ‘it’

ndrahęˀny–    green cornstalk

-ut-                  VR ‘ stand’ + stative aspect

 

Dry Cornstalks -her-

yaheraˀ       dry cornstalk

[yah-heh-rah-ah]

ya-       feminine-zoic singular agent – it

-her-    noun root –  dry cornstalk

-aˀ        noun suffix

 

ižuheraˀsa    It is a small dry cornstalk.

[ee-zhoo-heh-rah-ah-sah]

iž-        partitive

-u-        feminine-zoic singular patient – it

-her-    noun root – dry cornstalk

-a-        verb root –  be a size

-ˀsa       stative aspect + diminutive aspect suffix

 

Branch or Arm of the Corn Plant žahš

 

yažahšaˀ     branch of a corn plant or human arm

[yah-zhah-shah-ah]

ya-       feminine-zoic singular agent – it

žahš–  noun root – corn branch

-aˀ        noun suffix

 

yažahšut      a branch of a corn plant stands, sticks out

[yah-zhah-shoot]

ya-       feminine-zoic singular agent – it

žahš–  noun root  – corn branch

-ut        verb root – stand + stative aspect

 

Tassels of the Corn Plant -ngwir-

ungwiraˀ     corn tassels, treetops, branches

u-         feminine-zoic singular branch – it

-ngwir- noun root – corn tassels, treetops, branches

-aˀ        noun suffix

 

Yangwirut   Standing Corn Tassels (Prairie Turtle woman’s name)

[yan-gwee-root]

ya-       feminine-zoic singular agent  – she

-ngwir- noun root – corn tassels

-ut        verb root – stand’+ stative aspect

 

Ear of Corn -ˀnduts-

 

yaˀndutsaˀ            ear of corn

[yah-an-doot-sah-ah]

ya-                   feminine-zoic singular agent – it

nduts-           noun root – ear of corn

-aˀ                    noun suffix

 

uˀndutsarih            It is a ripe ear of corn.

u-                     feminine-zoic singular patient – it

nduts-           noun root  – ear of corn

-a-                    joiner vowel

-ri-                   verb root –  ripen

-h                     stative aspect

 

Corn Leaves -ndraht-

undrahtaˀ              green corn leaf, leaves

u-                     feminine zoic singular patient – it

-ndraht-          noun root – green corn leaf, leaves

-aˀ                    noun suffix

 

Cornhusk -raˀt-

uraˀtaˀ                    dry cornhusk, cornhusk mask

u-                     feminine-zoic singular patient – ‘it’

-raˀt-                noun root – dry cornhusk

-aˀ                    noun suffix     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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