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Page 56 Verb Themes General Concepts of the Verb: Verbs are structured around three elements: What is happening—the meaning of the verb theme When and how the meaning of the verb theme is happening as defined by morphemes indicating mode (or tense) and aspect The theme, mode, and aspect information interact and are not lineal— one doesn’t lead to the other. Readers will need to refer back and forth among the following sections to understand the concepts of theme, mode and aspect. Verb Theme and Roots Verb Themes are derived from roots, a concept introduced in an earlier section.

An inflectional prefix or suffix does not change the nature or category of the word. In English adding “s” to the noun “car” changes it from singular to plural but it is still a noun meaning automobile, or adding “–ing” to “walk” changes it from present tense, “I walk…” to a present participle, “I am walking,”—it still means to move on foot. A derivational prefix or suffix significantly changes the meaning or part of speech of the word. For example changing the suffix of the English “excitement” (excite+ment) to –able makes “excitable” (excit+able) changing the word from a noun to an adjective and is, by definition, derivational.

Put wooden objects in a closed container’) O-ich refers to anger vich’duhdazne’ he got mad more than O Used with qualities, measurements, knowledge shich’a qit’ayenizenen he is one who knows more than me out from inside O yich’a dnalen he flew out of it O-idu inside of O’s mouth Hidu k’dulen du? Did you (pl) get food to eat? O-iduch’a out from inside O’s mouth shiduch’a seq’ dalen I burped inside and through O yighu tsi’ituł’uł he lay there with his head through it yighu nudiltlet he kept jumping up and down on the full length of him O-ghulugh at the edge of O O-ich’a O-ighu over the length of O O-iniq’ behind O, in the back of O, he walked behind (used when O is stationary.

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