Grammar » -giuq- (affix)

This affix is attached to verb stems to indicate that an event or action is happening for the first time.  It is followed by other verb affixes:

nannut- to kill a polar bear
nannugiulauqtuq he/she kills his/her first polar bear
Piitakkunni nirigiulauqtunga. I ate at Peter's for the first time.

In the South Qikiqtaaluk dialect -giuq- can be used after stems ending in a vowel or any consonant, except -q.  After stems ending in -q, -riuq- is used:

tusaq- to hear something
tusariulauqtuq he/she heard something for the first time