Having a Ceremony

Having a Ceremony  -hšę-

In Wyandot there are two main ways of talking about ceremony.  One of them is a verb, not very surprising given the nature of the language.

 

iayehšęh               I am holding, having a ceremony.

[ee-ah-yeh-shenh]

i-                      partitive – such

aye-                 1st person singular patient – I

-hšę-             verb root – to have, hold a ceremony

-h                     stative aspect

isahšęh                 You are holding, having a ceremony.

[ee-sah-shenh]

i-                      partitive – such

-sa-                  2nd person singular patient – you (s)

-hšę-             verb root – to have, hold a ceremony

-h                     stative aspect

iǫmahuhšęh           We are holding, having a ceremony.

[ee-on-mah-hooh-shen]

i-                      partitive – such

-ǫma-               1st person plural patient – we

-hšę-             verb root – to have, hold a ceremony

-h                     stative aspect

 

If you want to use the future, you have to use the  future form of the auxiliary verb -yę- ‘to be’ after it.  This does happen with some verbs, that take only the stative aspect.

iuhšęh eˀyęhk        She will hold, have a ceremony.

iuhšęh                  She is holding, having a ceremony

[ee-ooh-shenh]

i-                      partitive – such

-u-                    feminine-zoic singular patient – she

-hšę-             verb root – to have, hold a ceremony

-h                     stative aspect

eˀyęhk  It will be.

[eh-eh-yenhk]

eˀ-        future

-yę-      feminine-zoic singular agent – it

-hk       punctual aspect

 

ihuhšęh eˀyęhk      He will be holding, having a ceremony.

ihuhšęh                 He is holding, having a ceremony

[ee-hooh-shenh]

i-                      partitive – such

-hu-                  masculine singular patient – she

-hšę-             verb root – to have, hold a ceremony

-h                     stative aspect

 

The noun stem formed from this verb root is -hšęhšr- ‘ceremony’

yahšęhšraˀ  ceremony

[yah-shenh-shrah-ah]

ya-                   feminine-zoic singular agent – it

-hšę-             verb root – to have, hold a ceremony

-hšr-                 nominalizer

-aˀ                    noun suffix

 

With the verb root -ǫndi- ‘to make’ we can have sentences such as:

uhšęhšrǫndih        She is making, holding, having a ceremony

[oo-shenh-shron-deeh]

u-                     feminine-zoic singular patient – she

-hšę-             verb root – to have, hold a ceremony

-hšr-                 nominalizer

-ǫndi-               verb root – to make

-h                     stative aspect

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