Derived Verbs (Secondary)

Verbs of Creation (“to make…”)

Observation
ᐊᓵᒻ + ᐃᐦᒑᐤ     ᐊᓵᒥᐦᒑᐤ
asaam + ihchaau = Click here to hear this word asaamihchaau
snowshoe + to make     s/he makes snowshoes

The verb ᐊᓵᒥᐦᒑᐤ asaamihchaau s/he makes snowshoes is made from the noun ᐊᓵᒻ asaam snowshoe and the verb final ᐃᐦᒑᐤ -ihchaau to make. Many verbs of creation can be made like that, by adding the verb final -ihchaau to a noun. This makes a verb which means “to make a ….”. Certain nouns drop the final -u before the ending is added.

Examples:

  Noun   Verb
  ᒥᓯᓂᐦᐄᑭᓐ   ᒥᓯᓂᐦᐄᑭᓂᐦᒑᐤ
Click here to hear this word misinihiikin Click here to hear this word misinihiikinihchaau
  book   s/he makes a book
  ᒦᒋᐧᐋᐦᑉ   ᒦᒋᐧᐋᐦᐱᐦᒑᐤ
Click here to hear this word miichiwaahp Click here to hear this word miichiwaahpihchaau
  teepee   s/he makes a teepee
  ᐋᐃᐦᑯᓈᐤ   ᐋᐃᐦᑯᓈᐦᒑᐤ
Click here to hear this word aaihkunaau Click here to hear this word aaihkunaahchaau
  bannock   s/he makes bannock

These verbs can be turned into new nouns by dropping the final -u and adding the suffix -siu. The new noun means “the person who makes… ” and is used to refer to a profession or an habitual activity. This is a very productive process (see Nouns ending in -siu).

Example:

ᐋᐃᐦᑯᓈᐦᒑᓯᐤ Click here to hear this word aaihkunaahchaasiu the bannock maker