Nouns: Inflectional Distinctions
Nouns in Northern East Cree appear in various forms. Prefixes and suffixes (called inflection) are added to the stem to create different meanings.
- Number inflection for singular and plural
- Gender inflection for animate and inanimate categories
- Obviative inflection indicates information about third persons
- Locative inflection indicates place
- Person inflection indicates relationships between people and things (including possessions)
- Vocative inflection to speak to a person directly
- Diminutive inflection indicates that something is considered small or cherished
- Simulative inflection indicates likeness
Noun paradigm tables show the basic inflections that various nouns can take. Some nouns have special stem shapes, creating changes in the inflectional forms.
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