the house in Wyandot

The House in Wyandot

The noun root for ‘house’ is Wyandot is -nǫhš-. For an in-depth look at terms relating to the traditional longhouse in the sister language of Wendat see Steckley, 1987, “An Ethnolinguistic Look at the Huron Longhouse“ , Ontario Archaeology, volume 47, pp19-32.

yanǫhskǫˀ   Inside a house.


ya-       feminine-zoic singular agent: it

-nǫhs-  noun root  ‘house’

-kǫ-      verb root ‘to be inside’

-ˀ          stative aspect

ayenǫhskǫˀ  inside my house


aye-     1st person singular patient: my

-nǫhs-  noun root  ‘house’

-kǫ-      verb root ‘to be inside’

-ˀ          stative aspect

yahnǫhšateˀ           a house is present, a wall


ya-                   feminine-zoic singular agent

-hnǫhš-           noun root  ‘house’

-a-                    noun suffix

-te-                   verb root ‘to be, to exist’

-ˀ                      stative aspect

tenęnǫhsteyęh       Their (ind) houses are joined; they are neighbours.               [teh-nen-nonh-steh-yenh]

te-                    dualic

-ę-                    indefinite agent: they (ind)

-nǫhs-              noun root  ‘house’

-tey-                 verb root ‘to be joined’

-ęh                   stative aspect

Hunǫhšenyǫdi     He extends a house, Seneca, Hodenosaunee


hu-                   masculine singular patient: he

-nǫhš-              noun root  ‘house’

-enyǫd-            verb root ‘to extend’

-i                      stative aspect

Door: -tuw-

yatuwaˀ                door


ya-                   feminine-zoic agent: it

-tuw-               noun root ‘door’

-aˀ                    noun suffix

hutetutǫˀ               His door is shut.


hu-                   masculine singular patient: his

-te-                   semi-reflexive voice

-tu-                  noun root ‘door’

-tǫ-                   verb root ‘to shut’

-ˀ                      stative aspect

ahaˀtutǫmąˀ           He opened the door.


a-               factual

-h-              masculine singular agent: he

-aˀ-             semi-reflexive voice

-tu-           noun root ‘door’

-tǫ-             verb root ‘to shut’

-mą-           undoer root suffix

-ˀ                punctual aspect

taituwaˀe               Someone knocked at the door   .


t-                      dualic

-ai-                   indefinite agent: someone

-tuw-               noun root ‘door’

-aˀe                  verb root ‘to strike’ + stative aspect

teyandayęh            It is a porch, doorway


te-                    dualic

-ya-                  feminine-zoic singular agent: it

-ndayę-           verb root ‘to be a doorway‘

-h                     stative aspect

chimney/smoke hole  -ruhkw-

urukwa՚               smoke hole, chimney


u-                     feminine-zoic singular patient: it

-ru-                  verb root ‘to pierce‘

-kw-                instrumental root suffix nominalizer

-a՚                    noun suffix









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