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THE AFFIX -QATAU-


This simple affix is used to indicate that someone is going along or accompanying someone on an activity. 

umiaqtuqtuq
She goes boating.
 
umiaqtuqataujunga
I am going along on the boat ride.
 
katimajuq
He meets (with someone).
 
katimaqatauquviuk?
 Do you want to meet with him?
 
 piqataujumavit?
 Do you want to come along?

 

When –qatau- is added to a root that ends in a consonant, it deletes the final consonant :
tuttu + liaq + qatau + juq = 
tuttuliaqataujuq
He goes along on the caribou hunting trip.