Inuit Grammar - Non-specific Verbs - Objects


The object of a non-specific verb must end in a suffix that indicates its syntactic role:

Piitamik takuvit? Do you see Peter?

The object of a non-specific verb takes one of the suffixes below, depending on its number:

Indefinite suffixes
Singular -mik /m/ nasalises a preceding consonant
Dual -rnik deletes any preceding consonant and doubles the length of the preceding vowel
Plural -nik /n/ nasalises a preceding consonant

A film-inspired example using the verb taku- - to see - and inuviniq - dead person:

Singular: Inuvinirmik takujunga I see a dead person.
Dual: Inuviniirnik takujunga I see two dead people.
Plural: Inuvinirnik takujunga I see dead people.

To say "I see the dead person" or "I see the dead people" requires a specific verb, which is described in the section below.

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