“This” in Wyandot

Exercises with Deˀka

The demonstrative pronoun deˀka [deh-eh-kah] means’this, this one.‘

Question

Tuh    yaˀatsih       deˀka yanyęnǫˀ?                        What is this dog called?

What    it is called         this       dog

Answer

Deˀka                   yanyęnǫˀ      Trudy          yaˀatsih.       This dog is called Trudy.

This                  dog                  Trudy            it is called

Question

Tuh    yaˀatsih       deˀka             takuš?                    What is this cat called?

What    it is called         this       cat

Answer

Deˀka                   takuš Brenda         yaˀatsih       This cat is called Brenda.

[yah-ah-tseeh]

This                  cat        Brenda             it is called

Question

Tsinęę          unyǫhša       yaˀatsih?      Which one is called squash, pumpkin?

Which one        squash              it is called         (there are several items and you have to choose one)

Answer

Deˀka                   unyǫhša       yaˀatsih        This one is called squash, pumpkin.

This                  squash              it is called

Question

Tsinęę          uyaresaˀ         yaˀatsih?      Which one is called beans?

Which one        beans               it is called

Answer

Deˀka                   uyaresaˀ            yaˀatsih        This one is called beans.

This                  beans               it is called

Question

Tsinęę          yaˀndutsaˀ               yaˀatsih?      Which one is called ear of corn?

[yah-ah-ndoo-tsah-ah]

Which one        ear of corn                    it is called

Answer

Deˀka                   yaˀndutsaˀ     yaˀatsih        This one is called ear of corn.

This                  ear of corn        it is called

Question

Tsinęę          ahaǫh?                          Who is he who arrived?

[ah-hah-onh]

Who                 he has arrived.

Answers

Deˀka                   ahaǫh          de      John                       This is John who has arrived.

This                  he has arrived   who      John

Deˀka                     ahaǫh           de      haǫmęhtsęhtiah      This is a boy who has arrived.

This                  he has arrived   who      he is a boy

Deˀka                   ahaǫh          de      rǫmęnyęhtiˀ  This is a young man who has arrived.

This                  he has arrived   who      he is a young man

Deˀka         ahaǫh          de      haˀtǫˀ                     This is an old man who has arrived.

This      he has arrived   who      he is old

Question

Tsinęę          aˀyaǫh?                          Who is she who has arrived?

[ah-ah-yah-onh]

Which one        she has arrived

Answers

Deˀka         aˀyaǫh         de      yawitsinǫhąh          This is a girl who has arrived.

This                  she has arrived who      she is a girl

Deˀka   aˀyaǫh        de    yawinǫh       This is a young woman who has arrived.

This      she has arrived  who     she is a young woman

Deˀka   aˀyaǫh      de      yaˀtǫˀ           This is an old woman who has arrived.

This      she has arrived who      she is old

Question

Tuh    ahęhaǫˀ      John?                     What did John say?

[ah-hen-hah-on]

What    he said              John

Answer

Deˀka  ahęhaǫˀ      John   teyeˀtǫˀ        This is what John said, “I am not old.”

This        he said            John     I am not old

Question

Tuh    aˀyęhaǫˀ?                                        What did she say?

[ah-ah-yen-hah-on]

What    she said

Answer

Deˀka aˀyęhaǫˀ      haˀtǫˀ           John   This is what she said, “He is old, John.”   This            she said            he is old            John

Question

Tuh     ahęhaǫˀ        John?                    What did John say?

What    he said              John

Answer

Deˀka  ahęhaǫˀ      John  tundih   yaˀtǫˀ This is what John said, “She is old also.” This          he said              John    also       she is old

 

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