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 titirarvigijanga
He/she calls me. He/she writes to him.
To build these phrases:


1. Begin with the basic verb:

uqaala- titiraq-
to call 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.