The Happy Birthday Song in Wyandot

The Happy Birthday Song in Wyandotte

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Happy Birthday    to       you

sǫtaręh ǫtahša-        -tǫngyaˀ

Happy Birthday    to you

sǫtaręh ǫtahša-      -tǫngyaˀ

Happy Birthday    dear _____

sǫtaręh        skendurǫh _______                         

Happy Birthday    to you

sǫtaręh ǫtahša-        -tǫngyaˀ

Meaning of the Words

sǫtaręh                 Be on top of life, be happy.

[son-tah-renh]

s-                     imperative + 2nd person singular patient ‘you’

-ǫt-                  noun root ‘life’

-a-                    noun suffix

-r-                    verb root ‘to be on top’

-ęh                   imperative aspect

tahšatǫngyaˀ        at the point when you were made, born

[tah-shat-on-gyah-ah]

ǫ-                     factual modal

-t-                     cislocative ‘when’

-a-                    factual prefix

-hš-                  2nd person singular agent ‘you’ (singular)

-at-                   semi-reflexive voice

-ǫngy–             verb root ‘to make’

-aˀ                    punctual aspect

 

skendurǫh            You are valued, dear to me.

[sken-doo-ronh]

ske-                  2nd person singular agent + 1st person singular patient: ‘you – me’

-nduron-          verb root ‘to be valuable’

-h                     stative aspect

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