The pronoun ᐋᐤaau behaves like a verb in that it can be preceded by preverbs of modality and tense. On the other hand , it cannot be inflected for first and second person. In the data collected so far, it is always followed by the yes/no question marker ᐋaa. The pronoun aau is used in a dubitative sense, when you wonder about the identity of a person or object, but does not carry dubitative inflection.
ᒋᑭ ᒌ ᐋᐅᔨᐤᐦ ᐋ ᐅᑳᐧᐄᐦ᙮
Chiki chii aauyiuh aa ukaawiih.
Could that be her/his mother?
ᒋᑭ ᒌ ᐋᐅᐧᐃᒡ ᐋ ᓂᑎᐧᐋᔑᔒᒥᒡ᙮
Chiki chii aauwich aa nitiwaashishiimich.
Could those be my children?
ᒋᑭ ᒌ ᐋᐅᐧᐃᓐᐦ ᐋ ᓂᒑᐧᑳᓂᒻᐦ᙮
Chiki chii aauwinh aa nichaakwaanimh.
Could those be my things?
ᒋᑭ ᒌ ᐋᐅᐧᐃᓂᔨᐤᐦ ᐋ ᐅᒑᐧᑳᓂᒻᐦ᙮
Chiki chii aauwiniyiuh aa uchaakwaanimh.
Could that be her/his things?
Junker, M.-O., Salt, L., & MacKenzie, M. (2005). East Cree Pronouns (Northern Dialect). In The Interactive East Cree Reference Grammar. Retrieved from [URL]
Marie-Odile Junker, Luci Salt and Marguerite MacKenzie. East Cree Pronouns (Northern Dialect). In The Interactive East Cree Reference Grammar. 2005. Web. [date]
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