be uncle to

Be Uncle to -atenǫrǫ-[1]

 

awatęnǫrǫʼ           My uncle (term of address).

[ah-wah-ten-non-ron-on]

aw-[2]

-atęnǫrǫ-          verb root – be uncle to

-ˀ                      stative aspect

 

hawatęnǫrǫˀ             He is uncle to me; my uncle.

[hah-wah-ten-non-ron-on]

haw-                masculine singular agent + 1st person singular patient- he – me

-atęnǫrǫ          verb root – be uncle to

-ˀ                      stative aspect

 

hutęnǫrǫˀ             He is uncle to him; his uncle

[hoo-ten-non-ron-on]

hu-                   masculine singular agent + masculine singular patient – he – him

-tęnǫrǫ-           verb root – be uncle to

-ˀ                      stative aspect

 

žatęnǫrǫˀ              He is uncle to you; your uncle.

[zhah-ten-non-ron-on]

ž-                     masculine singular agent + 2nd person singular patient – he – you

-atęnǫrǫ-          verb root – be uncle to

-ˀ                      stative aspect

 

sǫmatenǫrǫˀ          He is uncle to us, our uncle.

[son-mah-ten-non-ron-on]

sǫm-                masculine singular agent + 1st person plural patient – he – us/our

-atęnǫrǫ-          verb root – be uncle to

-ˀ                      stative aspect

 

 

[1] Given the traditional significance of the mother’s brother, who belonged to  the same clan as his sisters’ children, it is possible that this verb is derived from the verb root -ndurǫ- ‘ be valuable.’

[2] This is a strange pronominal prefix as it uses the 1st person plural for a relationship between two people, and as the exclusive seems to be used for an inclusive relationship.

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