The selection of Person Prefix in TA verbs

Observation
ᒋᐧᐋᐸᒥᓐ᙮ Click here to hear this word chiwaapamin. you see me.
ᒋᐧᐋᐸᒥᑎᓐ᙮ Click here to hear this word chiwaapimitin. I see you.

In both these forms, the person prefix is chi. This is because of the person hierarchy that says that chii ‘you’ ranks above nii ‘I’.

Cree person hierarchy:
2 > 1 > 3 > 3′ > 0 > 0′
> > ᐧᐄ > ᐊᐧᐁᔫᐦ > ᒉᐧᑳᓐ > ᒉᐧᑳᔫ
chii > nii > wii > aweyuuh > chekwaan > chekwaayuu
ᒌᔮᓅ > ᓃᔮᓐ > ᐧᐄᐧᐋᐤ
chiiyaanuu > niiyaan > wiiwaau
ᒌᐧᐋᐤ
chiiwaau

VTA verbs have two roles, an actor and a goal. In the independent order, the person prefix with the higher ranked role in the person hierarchy will be selected.

Cree English Actor Rank Goal Prefix
ᒋᐧᐋᐸᒥᓐ Click here to hear this word chiwaapamin you see me. 2 > 1 chi
ᒋᐧᐋᐸᒥᑎᓐ Click here to hear this word chiwaapamitin I see you. 1 < 2 chi
ᒋᐧᐋᐸᒫᐤ Click here to hear this word chiwaapamaau you see her. 2 > 3 chi
ᒋᐧᐋᐸᒥᒄ Click here to hear this word chiwaapamikw she sees you. 3 < 2 chi
ᓂᐧᐋᐸᒫᐤ Click here to hear this word niwaapamaau I see her. 1 > 3 ni
ᓂᐧᐋᐸᒥᒄ Click here to hear this word niwaapamikw she sees me. 3 < 1 ni
ᐧᐋᐸᒣᐤ Click here to hear this word waapameu she sees him (the other). 3 > 3′
ᐧᐋᐸᒥᑰ Click here to hear this word waapamikuu he (the other) sees her. 3′ < 3

There are no person prefixes in the conjunct and imperative orders. The same selection of person prefixes applies in noun possession.

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