Yes-No Questions in Wyandot

Yes-No Questions in Wyandot

kwižuh                      yes-no question

kwee-zhooh

kwižuh                   ahšatęndinǫhs                    Did you sell it?

yes-no question   you sold it

 

ahšatęndinǫhs                 You sold it.

[ah-shah-ten-dee-nonhs]

a-                     factual

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

-atę-                 semireflexive voice

-ndinǫ-           verb root ‘to desire’

-hs                   inchoative root suffix + punctual aspect

Potential Answers

hęh                        yes

[henh]

hao                       yes!!!

[hah-oh]

ąˀą                         no

[an-an]

kwižuh                  ehutingyakaˀ                              Will they get married?

yes-no question  they (m) will marry, get married

 

ehutingyakaˀ        They will get married.

[eh-hoo-tee-nyah-kah-ah]

e-         future

-huti-    masculine plural patient ‘they (male or mixed)’

-ngya– verb root ‘to marry’

-ka       punctual aspect

kwižuh                  utendutǫˀ                                           Has she told her?

yes-no question  she has told her

utendutǫˀ              She has told her.

[oo-ten-doo-ton-on]

u-                 feminine-zoic singular agent + feminine-zoic singular patient ‘she to her’

-te-              semireflexive     voice

-ndutǫ-     verb root ‘to tell’

-ˀ                  stative aspect

Kwižuh        šęnteriˀ           Do you know her?

šęnteriˀ                          You know her.

[shen-teh-ree-ee]

š-                     2nd person singular + feminine-zoic singular patient

ęnter-             verb root ‘to know, be familiar with

-iˀ                     stative aspect

hęh    yięnteriˀ        Yes, I know her.

yięnteriˀ        I know her

[yee-en-teh-ree-ee]

yi-         1st person singular agent + feminine-zoic singular patient I-her

ęnter-  verb root ‘to know, be familiar with

-iˀ           stative aspect

ąˀą     teyięnteriˀ   No, I don’t know her.

teyięnteriˀ               I don’t know her

[teh-yee-en-teh-ree-ee]

te-

negative

yi-                    1st person singular agent + feminine-zoic singular patient I-her

ęnter-           verb root ‘to know, be familiar with’

-iˀ                     stative aspect

 

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