Villages and Camps

Villages and Camps in Wyandot

The same noun root -nda- can mean ‘community, town, village and camp.’  It is related to the word ‘Canada’ in the now extinct language of St. Lawrence Iroquoian.

yandataˀ              village, town, camp

[yan-dah-tah-ah]

ya-                   feminine-zoic singular agent – it

-ndat-         noun root – village, camp

-aˀ                    noun suffix

 

ekandataęˀ             where a village or camp lies

[eh-kan-dah-tah-en-en]

ek-                   cislocative

-a-                    feminine-zoic singular agent: it

-ndat-              noun root – village

-a-                    noun suffix

-ę-                    verb root – to lie

-ˀ                      stative aspect

ayundataętǫnyǫˀ    They (ind) have a village of many.

[ah-yoon-dah-tah-en-ton-nyon-on]

ayu-                 indefinite patient: they (ind)

-ndat-              noun root – village

-a-                    noun suffix

-ę-                    verb root – to have

-tǫnyǫ-             distributive root suffix

-ˀ                      stative  aspect

ihutindatayǫˀ         They (m) are inside a camp.

[ee-hoo-teen-dah-tah-yon-on]

i-                      partitive

-huti-                masculine plural patient: they (f)

-ndat-              noun root – camp

-ayǫ-                verb root – to be inside

-ˀ                      stative aspect

Ahandatoręha               He has found a village. (Wolf clan male name)

[ah-han-dah-toh-ren-hah]

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-ha-                              masculine singular agent ‘he’

-ndat-                          noun root ‘village, community’

-orę-                             verb root ‘to find’

-ha                               inchoative root suffix + punctual aspect

ayundaˀtawetiˀ       All of them in the village.

[ah-yoon-dah-ah-tah-weh-tee-ee]

ayu-                 indefinite patient: them

-ndaˀt-             noun root – village

-a-                    noun suffix

-we-                 verb root – to be together

-t-                     causative root suffix

-iˀ                     stative aspect

ehutindataęˀ          They (m) will have a camp.

[eh-hoo-teen-dah-tah-en-en]

e-                     future

-huti-                masculine plural agent – they (m)

-ndat-               noun root – village, camp

-a-                    noun suffix

-ę-                    verb root – to have

-ˀ                      punctual aspect

 

yandatažah          It is a small town, camp.

[yan-dah-tah-zhah]

ya-                   feminine-zoic agent – it

-ndat-               noun root – village, camp

-a-                    verb root – to be a quantity

-ž-                    stative aspect

-ah                   diminutive aspect suffix

 

yandatuwanęh     It is a large town, camp.

[yan-dah-tah-too-wah-nenh]

ya-                   feminine-zoic agent – it

-ndat-               noun root – village, camp

-uwanę-           verb root – to be large

-h                     stative aspect

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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