Arapaho – Verbs – Animate

04 Apr

Arapaho – Verbs – Animate

Animate verbs are used to talk about people, living things, and things which are thought of as living. Here are some examples:

heniinóó’einoo I am hunting
beníi3béénoo I am cooking
heneenétin (or nii-heeneetin) you are talking
neniisí3ei’in you are working
nóókohut he is sleeping
benii3íhit she is eating a meal

To indicate who is doing the action, and ending is put on the verb. The endings are:

I -noo
you -n
he/she -t
we -no’
you plural -nee
they -3i’

Here are some more examples, with hyphens added for clarity:

heniinóó’ei-n you are hunting
beníi3béé-t she is cooking
heneenéti-noo I am talking
neniisí3ei’i-t she is working
nóókohu-noo I am sleeping
benii3íhi-n you are eating

heníínoo’éí-no’ we are hunting
beníi3béé-3i’ they are cooking
henéénetí-3i’ they are talking
neniisí3ei’í-nee you guys are working
nóókohú-no’ we are sleeping
benii3hi-nee you guys are eating

Shifts in accent in the plural

Note in the examples with the plural that the accent of the words often shifts to the “right”. This is a very common occurrence in Arapaho. You should expect it to occur most of the time.

Exercize: translate the following sentences into Arapaho:

1. They are hunting
2. We are working
3. I am eating
4. She is sleeping
5. We are cooking
6. He is working
7. You guys are talking
8. They are eating
9. You are cooking
10. I am sleeping


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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in ARAPAHO LANGUAGE


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