grandparents and grandchildren

Grandparents and Grandchildren

 

-hšutaˀ-  be grandparent to

Generally with this verb root the one being named is the grandparent.  The exception occurs when the grandparent is addressing the grandchild.

 

ahšutaˀ         my grandparent (term of address)

[ah-shoo-tah-ah]

 

ahšut           my grandchild (can be used with both son’s and daughter’s children)

[ah-shoot]

 

The forms for terms of reference include the following:

 

ǫmahšutaˀa              She is our grandmother[1]

[on-mah-shoo-tah-ah]

ǫma-                feminine-zoic singular agent + 1st person plural patient  she – our

-hšuta–             verb root – be grandparent to

-ˀ                      stative aspect

-a                     diminutive aspect suffix

 

sǫmahšutaˀa          He is grandparent to us, our grandfather[2].

[son-mah-shoo-tah-ah]

sǫma-               masculine singular  agent + 1st person plural patient  he – us

-hšuta–             verb root – be grandparent to

-ˀ                      stative aspect

-a                     diminutive aspect suffix

 

-atreˀ – have as grandchild.

 

The grandchild is the focus with this verb root.

 

utreˀa           She has her as grandchild, her granddaughter.

[oo-treh-eh-ah]

u-                     feminine-zoic singular agent + feminine-zoic singular patient – she – her

-treˀ                  verb root – have as grandchild + stative aspect

-a-                    diminutive aspect suffix

 

hatreˀa                   He has her as grandchild; his granddaughter.

[hah-treh-eh-ah]

h-                     masculine singular agent + feminine-zoic singular patient, he – her

-atreˀ                verb root – have as grand child + stative aspect

-a-                    diminutive aspect suffix

 

hutreˀa                   He or she has him as grandchild; his/her grandson                              [hoo-treh-eh-ah]

hu-   masculine or feminine-zoic singular agent + masculine singular patient – (s)he – him

-treˀ  verb root – have as grandchild + stative aspect

-a      diminutive aspect suffix

[1] This is also used sometimes to refer to the female toad as, in the Origin Story, she was the one who dove and returned with soil to put on the back of the Great Turtle.

[2] War leader Sayęhtsuwat or Great Forehead is referred to as Our Grandfather in the story of The War Between the Wyandots and the Cherokees for his decisive role in winning the war.

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