Arapaho - Nouns - Inanimate

 

Arapaho nouns are divided into two groups - things which are living or thought of as living (animate nouns), and things which are not (inanimate nouns).

 

Here are some common inanimate nouns:

 

wo3nohoepaper, book

b3ihitotable

3okutochairr

ceiinoxbag

b3wofood

bci3'money

wtoopants

bixt shirt

wohshoe

 

Plurals

 

Inanimate nouns are most often made plural by adding -no. Sometimes, -ono is added, and if the noun already ends in -n, then just -o is added. A few nouns are made plural by adding some other letter plus -o:

 

wo3nohno papers, books

b3ihitnotables

3okutnochairs

ceiin3o bags

wtoohopants

bixtonoshirts

wohnoshoes

(b3wo is already plural)

 

Demonstratives (pointing words)

 

If you want to be more specific when talking, you can use the words nhu (this) and hnee (that):

 

nhu wo3nohoe this paper (near me)

hnee wo3nohoethat paper (over by you)

nhu wo3nohnothese papers (near me)

hnee wo3nohnothose papers (over by you)

 

Note in the last sentences that these words dont change when the noun is made plural.

 

 

Exercize: Translate the following sentences into Arapaho:

 

1. This chair.

2. That table.

3. These bags.

4. Those pants.

5. This shoe and(noh) that shirt.

6. These tables and those papers.

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