The Wyandot word for ‘voice, word’

Wyandot Word for ‘voice, word’

The Wyandot word that is usually represented as -męnd- (sometimes -węnd, and sometimes -męng-) means ‘voice, word.’

yamęndaˀ                       word, voice

[yah-men-dah-ah]

ya-                      feminine-zoic singular agent ‘it’

-męnd-             noun root ‘word, voice’

-aˀ                       noun suffix

sayumęndarǫh                 He heard their words, their voices.

[sah-yoo-men-dah-ronh]

sayu-                            masculine singular agent + indefinite patient ‘he-them, their’

-męnd-                       noun root ‘voice, word’

-arǫ-                           verb root  ‘to hear’

-h                                 stative aspect

umęng[1]yerih                     Her word is correct;  she is agreeable.

[oo-men-gyeh-reeh]

u-                                 feminine-zoic singular patient ‘she, her’

-męng-                       noun root ‘voice, word’

-yer-                           verb root ‘to be correct’

-ih                                stative aspect

 

ayemęngyerih                I am willing, agreeable.

[ah-yeh-men-gyeh-reeh]

aye-                            1st person singular patient ‘I’

-męng-                      noun root ‘voice, word’

-eri-                             verb root ‘to be correct’

-h                                 stative aspect

hamęndižuˀ                    He is great in voice, in authority.

[ha-men-dee-zhoo-oo]

ha-                               masculine singular agent ‘he’

-męnd-             noun root ‘voice, word’

-ižu-                             verb root ‘to be large, great’

-ˀ                                  stative aspect

šemęndižuˀ                      You are great in voice, in authority (in some matter)

[sheh-men-dee-zhoo-oo]

še-                               2nd person singular agent ‘you’

męnd-                      noun root ‘voice, word’

-ižu-                           verb root ‘to be large, great’

ǫmamęndawęh              It is our voice, word.

[on-mah-men-dah-wenh]

ǫma-                          1st person plural ‘we, our, us’

-męnd-                    noun root ‘voice, word’

-a-                              noun suffix

-wę-                           verb root ‘to have, own’

-h                                 stative aspect

ahakwęnduˀtęhst              He made his voice to be of such a nature.

[ah-hah-wen-doo-oo-tenst]

a-                     factual

-h-                   masculine singular agent ‘he’

-ak-                 semi-reflexive voice

węnd-             noun root ‘voice, word’

-uˀtę-                verb root ‘to be such’

-hst                  causative root suffix + punctual aspect

ahakwęnduˀtęhst                                               tižuh                de        yahǫh

[tee-zhooh]            [yah-honh]

he made his voice to be of such a nature            it is like the        swan

He caused his voice to be like that of a swan.

 

 

[1] The –y- after the –d- turns it into a –g-.

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