Fish and Fishing in Wyandot

Fish and Fishing

Fish -yętsǫ-

yętsǫˀ                              It is a fish.

[yen-tson-on]

yętsǫ-       feminine-zoic singular agent ‘it’ + verb root ‘to be a fish’

-՚                stative aspect

yętsǫˀtaˀ                          fish

[yen-tson-on-tah-ah]

yętsǫˀ         feminine-zoic singular agent ‘it’ + verb root ‘to be a fish’

-t-                                 nominalizer

-aˀ                                noun suffix

aˀitsǫˀtamęh                     I have a fish.

[ah-ah-ee-tson-on-tah-menh]

aˀ-                                1st person singular patient – ‘I’

-itsǫˀ-                           verb root ‘to be a fish’

-t-                                 nominalizer

-a-                                noun suffix

-mę-                             verb root ‘to have’

-h                                 stative aspect

 

yaˀndutsaˀ                      ear of corn , sunfish

[yah-an-doo-tsah-ah]

ya-                               feminine-zoic singular agent ‘it’

-ˀnduts-                       noun root ‘ear of corn, sunfish’

-aˀ                                noun suffix

uwistaˀ                            fish scales, metal, money

[oo-wee-stah-ah]

u-                                 feminine-zoic singular patient ‘it’

-wist-                         noun root ‘fish scales’

-aˀ                                noun suffix

Fishing

usteˀsaraˀ                       thorn, spine, hook

[oo-steh-eh-sah-rah-ah]

u-                                 feminine-zoic singular patient – ‘it’

-steˀsar-                     noun root – thorn, spine, hook

-aˀ                                noun suffix

ęta՚                                 stick, fishing pole

[en-tah-ah]

-ęt-   feminine-zoic singular agent ‘it’ + noun root ‘stick, fishing pole’

-a՚                                    noun suffix

yętsaˀ                              bait (for fishing)

[yen-tsah-ah]

yęts-                        feminine-zoic singular agent ‘it’ + noun root ‘bait’

-aˀ                             noun suffix

hunditsunǫh                   He is putting bait in water, going fishing.

[hoon-dee-tsoo-nonh]

hu-                 masculine singular patient ‘he’

-nd-                semi-reflexive voice

-its-               noun root  ‘bait’ (for fishing)

-u-                  verb root ‘to be in water’

-nǫ-                 distributive root suffix, ‘many times, many places’

-h                     stative aspect

 

yętsarawih                      it is bait on a hook

[yen-tsah-rah-weeh]

yęts-              feminine-zoic singular agent ‘it’ + noun root ‘bait’

-a-                    noun suffix

-ra-                 verb root ‘to be with’

-w-                  transitive  root suffix

-ih                   stative aspect

tsiˀnǫmą                         worm

[tsee-non-manh]

uyaraˀ                             bark made into fishing line or a fish net

[oo-yah-rah-ah]

u-                                 feminine-zoic singular patient ‘it’

-yar-                            noun root ‘fishing line or net’

-aˀ                                noun suffix

uyaruwih                        It is a net in water, a fishing line in water.

[oo-yah-roo-weeh]

u-                                 feminine-zoic singular patient ‘it’

-yar-                            noun root ‘net or line’

-u-                               verb root ‘to be in water’

-w-                               transitive root suffix

-ih                                stative aspect

 

 

 

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