Forming Nouns In Cherokee.

Active nouns express something that is like a trait and not something that can be possessed . Consider the verb "ser" in Spanish.

(see: Passive Nouns)

Root noun beginning in consonant


ᏥᏴᏫᎭ tsi-yvwiya I am an Indian.

ᎯᏴᏫᏯ hi-yvwiya you are an Indian.

ᎠᏴᏫᏯ a-yvwiya he/she is an Indian.

ᎢᏂᏴᏫᏯ ini-yvwiya we are Indians.

ᏍᏗᏴᏫᏯ sdi-yvwiya you two are Indians.

ᎣᏍᏗᏴᏫᏯ osdi-yvwiya we two (not you) are Indians.

ᎢᏗᏴᏫᏯ idi-yvwiya we (including you) are all Indians.

ᎣᏥᏴᏫᏯ otsi-yvwiya we (not you) are all Indians.

ᎢᏥᏴᏫᏯ itsi-yvwiya you are all Indians.

ᎠᏂᏴᏫᏯ ani-yvwiya they are Indians.


ᏥᏣᎳᎩ tsi-tsalagi I am Cherokee

ᎯᏣᎳᎩ hi-tsalagi you are Cherokee

ᎠᏣᎳᎩ a-tsalagi he is Cherokee

ᎢᏂᏣᎳᎩ ini-tsalagi we are Cherokee

ᏍᏗᏣᎳᎩ sdi-tsalagi you two are Cherokee

ᎣᏍᏗᏣᎳᎩ osdi-tsalagi we two (excluding you) are Cherokee

ᎢᏗᏣᎳᎩ idi-tsalagi we all are Cherokee

ᎣᏥᏣᎳᎩ otsi-tsalagi we (excluding you) are Cherokee

ᎢᏥᏣᎳᎩ itsi-tsalagi you all are Cherokee

ᎠᏂᏣᎳᎩ ani-tsalagi they are Cherokee

Root noun beginning in vowel


ᎦᏔ g-ata I am a teenage girl.

ᎭᏔ h-ata you are a teenage girl.

ᎠᏔ ata she is a teenage girl.

ᎢᎾᏔ in-ata we are teenage girls.

ᏍᏓᏔ sd-ata you two are teenage girls.

ᎣᏍᏓᏔ osd-ata we two (not you) are teenage girls.

ᎢᏓᏔ id-ata we (including you) are all teenage girls.

ᎣᏣᏔ ots-ata we (not you) are all teenage girls.

ᎢᏣᏔ its-ata you are all teenage girls.

ᎠᎾᏔ an-ata they are all teenage girls.

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