Grammar » 46 » Calling or Writing to Someone

This lesson will look at the grammar you use to call or write someone:

fonnivigivâtit She is calling you.
allavigijanga He is writing to her.

To build these phrases:

1. Begin with the basic verb:

uKâlak- to call
allak- to write


2. Add the affix -vik. This is normally used to indicate a place. When it is added to uKâlak- or allak-, it means the person who is being called or written to.

3. Add the affix -gi. It will delete the final -k in -vik:

uKâlak + vik + gi = uKâlavigi-
allak + vik + gi = allavigi-

4. Add the transitive verb ending to indicate who is calling / writing and who is being called or written to:

uKâlapvigijân ? Are you calling her? 
uKâlapvigijaga I am calling her.
Ippasaq uKâlapvigilaukKaatit. She called you yesterday.
allavigijangâ ? Is he writing to her?
allavigijanga She is writing to him.

5. So, when we put all of the pieces together:

uKâla + vi + gi + jaga

We get, as a very literal translation: “I have him as the place I am calling” or, as we would say in English, “I am calling him.”