Arapaho – Inanimate Verbs – Singular and Plural

04 Apr

Arapaho – Inanimate Verbs – Singular and Plural

These verbs describe non-living things and their actions. Examples are:

heesítee’= it is hot (weather)
tóóyo3óó’= it is cold (weather)
nii’cóó’ = it tastes good [a variant is nii’cooti’]
heniisétee’ = it is ripe
wooxúse’= it is rotten
wooxcóó’= it tastes bad
heeseise’ = it is windy
beneeci’ = it is snowing
honoosoo’ = it is raining [a variant is honoosooti’]

These verbs can be made plural as follows:

nii’cóú’u they taste good [a variant is nii-ni’cooti’i]
heniisetéí’i they are ripe
wooxuséí’i they are rotten

The general rule for making these verbs plural is:

-oo’ >> -ou’u
-o’ >> -ou’u
-ee’ >> -ei’i
-e’ >> -ei’i
-i’ >> -i’i

Exercize: Translate the following verbs into English. Then make the Arapaho verb plural.

1. heesítee’
2. tóóyo3óó’
3. wooxcóó’


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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in ARAPAHO LANGUAGE


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