Sky Words in Wyandot

Sky Words in Wyandot

yarǫnyaˀ               sky

[yah-ron-yah-ah]

ya-                   feminine-zoic singular agent ‘it’

-rǫny-             noun root ‘sky’

-aˀ                    noun suffix

yarǫnyaˀye             At the sky,(the direction) up.

[yah-ron-yah-ah-yeh]

ya-                   feminine-zoic singular agent ‘it’

-rǫny-              noun root ‘sky’

-aˀye                external locative noun suffix

yarǫnyaˀatsih                It is called sky; the color blue.

[yah-ron-yah-ah-tseeh]

ya-                   feminine-zoic singular agent ‘it’

-rǫny-            noun root ‘sky’

-a                     noun suffix

-ˀats-                verb root ‘to name, be called’

-ih                    stative aspect

yarǫnyayareh                   It is a loud sound, a loud noise in the sky.

[yah-ron-yah-yah-reh]

ya-                   feminine-zoic singular agent ‘it’

-rǫny-              noun root ‘sky’

-a-                   noun suffix

-yare-               verb root ‘to make or be a loud noise’

-h                     stative aspect

ahutrǫnyuwaˀ         He was a large sky, talked, deliberated on something with him [ah-hoo-tron-yu-wa-ah]

er-                    factual

-hu-                  masculine singular agent + masculine singular patient ‘he to him’

-t-                     semi-reflexive voice

-rǫny-              noun root ‘sky’

-yuwa-             verb root ‘to be large’

-ˀ                      punctual aspect

harǫnyaętǫh           He puts her in the sky many times, treats her well.

[hah-ron-yah-en-tonh]

ha-                  masculine singular agent + feminine-zoic singular patient ‘he to her’

           -rǫny-             noun root ‘sky’

-a-                   noun suffix

-ę-                   verb root ‘to put’

-tǫ-                  distributive root suffix

-h                     stative aspect

Names

Male

 

Harǫnyuˀ                       He is sky in the water, on top of the water (Wolf clan)

[hah-ron-yoo-oo]

ha-                               masculine singular agent ‘he’

-rǫny-                         noun root, ‘sky’

-u-                               verb root, ‘to be in water’

-ˀ                                  stative aspect

Harǫnyatekaˀ                   His sky is burning repeatedly, often.  (Large Turtle Clan)

[hah-ron-yah-the-kah-ah]

ha-                               masculine singular agent ‘he’

-rǫny-                          noun root, ‘sky’

-ate-                             verb root, ‘to burn’

-kaˀ                              habitual aspect

Teharǫnyuręˀ                   He is splitting or he has split the sky.  (Large Turtle Clan)

[teh-hah-ron-yoo-reh-eh]

te-                                dualic

-ha-                              masculine singular agent ‘he’

rǫny-                         noun root, ‘sky’

-urę-                            verb root ‘to split in two’

-ˀ                                   stative aspect

Šateyarǫnyah                It is of the same size as the sky (Porcupine Clan).

[shah-teh-yah-ron-yah]

ša-                               coincident

-te-                              dualic

-ya-                             feminine-zoic singular agent ‘it’

-rǫny-                         noun root ‘sky’

-a-                               verb root ‘to be of a size, magnitude’

-h                                 stative aspect

Tehatrǫnyataseˀ               His sky is twisted. (Bear clan)

[te-hah-tron-yah-tah-seh-eh]

te-                                dualic[1]

-h-                               masculine singular agent ‘he’

-at-                              semi-reflexive voice

           -rǫny-                         noun root ‘sky’

-a-                               noun suffix

-tase-                          verb root ‘to be twisted’

Female

Yarǫyaˀawiˀ                   She is sailing in the sky. Catherine Coon Johnson, Deer

[yah-ron-yah-ah-wee-ee]

ya-                   feminine-zoic singular agent ‘it’

-rǫny-             noun root ‘sky’

-a-                   noun suffix

-ˀawi-              verb root ‘to sail, canoe’

-ˀ                     stative aspect

Otrǫyayęk                             She is repeatedly seen in the sky. (Large Turtle Clan)

[on-tron-yah-yenk]

o-                                 feminine-zoic singular patient ‘she’

-t-                                semi-reflexive voice

-rǫy-                            noun root ‘sky’

-a-                                noun suffix

-yę-                              verb root ‘to see’

-k                                  habitual aspect

Yarǫyawayi                                  She takes holds of, grasps the sky. (Large Turtle Clan)

[yah-ron-yah-wah-yee]

ya-                               feminine-zoic singular agent ‘she’

-rǫy-                            noun root ‘sky’

-a-                               noun suffix

-wa-                             verb root ‘to grasp’

-yi                                stative aspect

Watrǫnyanǫnęh                   She took care of the sky (in the past). (Large Turtle Clan)

[wah-tron-yan-on-nenh]

wat-                             feminine-zoic singular agent ‘she’ + reflexive voice

-rǫny-                          noun root ‘sky’

-a-                               noun suffix

-nǫ-                              verb root ‘to take care of’ + stative aspect

-ęh                               past aspect suffix

[1] The name sometimes appears without the dualic prefix.

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