Grammar » calling or writing to someone

CALLING OR WRITING TO SOMEONE

Inuktitut uses a structure that is different than English to indicate that you are calling or writing to someone:

uqaalavigijaanga He calls me.
titirarvigijanga She writes to him.
To build these phrases:


1. Begin with the basic verb:

uqaala- to call
titiraq- to write

 

2. Add the affix –vik. This is normally used to indicate a place. When it is added to uqaala- or titiraq- it means the person who is being called or written to.



3. Add the affix –gi. It will delete the final -k in -vik:

uqaala + vik + gi = uqaalavigi-
titiraq + vik + gi = titirarvigi-



4. Add the transitive ending to indicate who is calling/writing and who is being called or written to:

uqaalavigiviuk? Are you calling him/her
uqaalavigijara I am calling him/her.
Ippatsaq uqaalavigilauqtaatit. He/she called you yesterday.
titirarvigivauk? Is he/she writing to him/her?
titirarvigijanga He/she is writing to him/her.