To be Night in Wyandot

Verb Root – to be night  -a՚ra-

There is a verb root for ‘to be night’ as well as a noun root -sǫt-

euˀrah                   It will be night

[eh-oo-oo-rah]

e-                     future

-u-                    feminine-zoic singular patient – it

-ˀra-                 verb root – to be night

-h                     punctual aspect

 

usauˀrah                It became night again.

[oo-sah-oo-oo-rah]

u-                     factual

-s-                    repetitive

-a-                    factual

-u-                    feminine-zoic singular patient – it

-ˀra-                  verb root – to be night

-h                     punctual aspect

 

aˀya՚rakyeˀ            It was going to be night;  it is evening.

[ah-ay-ah-ah-rah-kyeh-eh]

aˀy                   factual

-ara-                 feminine-zoic singular agent – it + verb root -to be night- + stative aspect

-ky-                  progressive root suffix

-eˀ                    purposive aspect

 

kyuˀrąndih          When it became night.

[kyoo-oo-ran-deeh]

ky-                   cislocative

-u-                    feminine-zoic singular patient – it

-ˀrą-                  verb root – to be night

-nd-                  inchoative root suffix

-ih                    stative aspect

 

uˀrahǫnyǫh           many nights

[oo-oo-rah-hon-yonh]

u-                     feminine-zoic singular patient – it

-ˀra-                  verb root – to be night

-hǫnyǫ-            distributive root suffix

-h                     stative aspect

yarakyeˀ              I am going at night

[yah-rah-kyeh-eh]

y-                     1st person singular agent – I

-ara-                 verb root – to be night + stative aspect

-ky-                  progressive root suffix

-eˀ                    purposive aspect

 

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