Nouns with Diminutive Inflection

Observation
ᒨᐦᑯᒫᓐ Click here to hear this word muuhkumaan a knife
ᒨᐦᑯᒫᓂᔥ Click here to hear this word muuhkumaanish a little knife

To say that something is small, the suffix -ish can be added to a noun.

ᑌᐦᑕᐴᓐ Click here to hear this word tehtapuun a chair
ᑌᐦᑕᐴᓂᔥ Click here to hear this word tehtapuunish a little chair
ᒥᑎᐦᒌ Click here to hear this word mitihchii a hand
ᒥᑎᐦᒌᔥ Click here to hear this word mitihchiish a little hand
ᐊᑎᒻ Click here to hear this word atim a dog
ᐊᑎᒧᔥ atimush a little dog

For words that contain a -t-, the -t- sometimes becomes -ch-:

ᐊᑎᒻ Click here to hear this word atim a dog
ᐊᒋᒧᔥ Click here to hear this word achimush a little dog
ᐅᑖᐹᓈᔅᒄ Click here to hear this word utaapaanaaskw a sled
ᐅᒑᐹᓈᔅᑯᔥ uchaapaanaashkush a little sled
ᒦᒋᓲᓈᐦᑎᒄ Click here to hear this word miichisuunaahtikw a table
ᒦᒋᓲᓈᐦᒋᑯᔥ miichisuunaahchikush a little table

The diminutive suffix -ish can also be added to verbs:

ᒦᒋᓲ miichisuu she is eating
ᒦᒋᓱᔔ miichisushuu she is eating a little
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