Lead -hęt(e)-


sehę                    Go first.


se-                    imperative + 1st person singular agent -you

-hęt-                 verb root – lead + imperative aspect


asehęt                   Come first.


a-                     cislocative[1] – here

-se-                  imperative + 2nd person singular agent – you

-hęt-                 verb root – lead + imperative aspect


Skahęte                She leads, comes first again (Deer clan woman’s name).


s-                     repetitive

-ka-                  feminine-zoic singular agent – she

-hęte                verb root – lead + purposive aspect[2]


hahęteˀ                  He leads, takes the lead.


ha-                   masculine singular agent – he

-hęte-               verb root – lead

-ˀ                      purposive aspect


tewahęhte              She or it is not going to lead.


tew-                 negative

-a-                    feminine-zoic singular agent[3] – she or it

-hęhte              verb root – lead + purposive aspect


ayehęte                 I led.


a-                     factual

-ye-                  1st person singular agent – I

-hęte                verb root – lead + punctual aspect

[1] The cislocative form used here is as affected by the presence of the imperative prefix.

[2] I have chosen the purposive aspect here as Wendat has -ǫ as the stative aspect.

[3] This expression of the verb is unusual as the verb root is consonant conjugation and should have -ya- for the pronominal prefix here.

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