wh-ᐁᑋ-xw-PREFIXwh-class absolutive argument

Indicates that the absolutive argument (the subject of an intransitive verb or the object of a transitive verb) belongs to the wh noun class. This consists, roughly speaking, of things that are saliently two- or three-dimensional, or of periods of time.

Examples containing this affix:

whudulk'un nawhudutetl'us

(1)
Yohnuwhulat.
houseit [wh-class] is floating around
The house is floating around.

(2)
Ooyohwhunduda.
his chestit [wh-class] is sore
His chest is sore.

(3)
Yuntoonawhugus̲.
floorhe is washing [wh-class object]
He is washing the floor.

Related Words:   Affixes


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