Names with -uwat – be large

Names with -uwat – be large

The verb root -uwat- appears to be related to -yuwanę-, which also means ‘to be large’.  Both are used to create names, but what seems to be unique about -uwat- is that I have only seen it used in names.  It might be a uniquely Wyandot form.  It does not appear in Potier’s writing (see Potier 1920:254-5).  It always takes the repetitive prefix -(t)s-, in this context meaning ‘very’.  The male pronominal prefix does not show the -h- of the form that is usually -ha- as agent and -hu- or -hǫ- with the consonant stem nouns.

Probably the most famous of these names in Wyandot history was ‘He has a very large forehead’ the inventive and effective war leader who belonged to the Large Turtle Clan.  His story is told in two of the Narratives, “The Wyandot at War with the Seneca”, and “The War Between the Wyandot and the Cherokee”.

Sayęˀtsuwat           He has a very large forehead.

[s-hah-yen-en-tsoo-wah-aht]

s-                     repetitive prefix – very

-ha-                  masculine singular agent – he

-yęˀts-              noun root – forehead

-uwat-              verb root – be large + stative aspect

Skahšęnduwat     She has a very large, great name

[skah-shen-doo-wat]

s-                     repetitive – very

-ka-                  feminine-zoic singular agent – she

-hšęnd-                        noun root – name

-uwat               verb root- be large + stative aspect

 

Sašęnduwat          He has a very large, great name.

[s-ha-shen-doowat]

s-                     repetitive – very

-(h)a-               masculine singular agent – he

-šęnd-              noun root – name

-uwat               verb root – be large + stative

 

Sumęduwat           He is very large in word, voice. (male Striped Turtle clan)

[s-hoo-men-doo-wat]

s-                     repetitive – very

-(h)u-               masculine singular patient – he

-męd-               noun root –  word, voice

-uwat               verb root – be large + stative aspect

 

Sǫndatsuwat        He is a very big pot, kettle[1]. (male name)

[s-hon-dah-tsoo-wat]

s-                     repetitive – very

-(h)ǫ-               masculine singular patient – he

-ndats-             noun root – pot

-uwat               verb root – be large + stative aspect

 

Skaˀngyuwat           She has a very big finger, big fingers. [Large Turtle female]

[skah-an-gyoo-wat]

s-                     repetitive – very

-ka-                  feminine-zoic singular agent – she or it

-ˀngy-               noun root – finger

-uwat               verb root – be large + stative aspect

 

 

 

 

[1] This possibly relates to his throwing big feasts or ceremonies.

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