17 Qautamaaqsiut

Vocabulary

uvininniaqtuq
showers (he...)
tupattuq
wakes up (she...)
suvit?
What are you doing?
qautamaat
every day
pisuttuq
walks (she/he...)
pirunaqsaqtuq
cleans (he...)
niuviqtuq
buys something (he...)
niqtiuqtuq
cooks (he/she...)
naalautittuq
radio (She listens to the...)
mumiqtuq
dances (he/she...)
miqsuqtuq
sews (he/she...)
makittaqtuq
cards (she plays...)
kisiani
but
haakiqtuq
hockey (she plays...)

Grammar

-liq- (affix)

The affix -liq- is added to verbs to emphasize that an action is happening right now or is just about to happen. It can also mark a change that has occurred, again, emphasizing the current state of something:

qailiqtut They are coming now; they are on their way.
angirraliqtunga I am on my way home.
aniliqtunga I am going out right now.
siniliqtut They are falling asleep.
quviasuliqtugut We (3+) are happy now (something has changed to make us happy).
Una ajuliqtuq. This isn’t working now.

 

When -liq- is added to a root ending in a consonant, it deletes the final consonant:

aullaq- to depart
aullaliqtut I am on my way home.