|napessiu||he is a boy||ninapessiun||I am a boy|
|auassiu||s/he is young||apu auassiut||s/he is not young|
Verbs like napessiu and auassiu have stems ending in long u. This stem is stable; the u appears in all verb forms.
The difference between long and short u stems can be heard in the imperative. Verbs with short u stems end in i (not u) in the imperative.
Careful! au stems are also often pronounced as long u [u:] in the western dialects.
|pashiku||s/he stands up||pashikui!||stand up!|
|kunu||s/he is covered in snow||tshikununau||you (pl) are covered in snow|
|uińnu||s/he is fat||nuińnuti||I was fat|
|minapu||it (anim) is purple||minapuipan||it (anim) was purple|
|uishtu||he has a beard||tshuishtun||you have a beard|
|ushiku||s/he is hurt||ushikuńua||s/he (obv) is hurt|
|nekau||s/he is covered in sand||ninekaun||I am covered in sand|
|ukaumau||she is a mother||tshukaumaunau||you (pl) are mothers|
|akaneshau||s/he is English||apu akaneshaut||s/he is not English|
|NOTES ON SPELLING|