Mine, Yours, and His or Hers

 

What's yours and what's mine?

You probably already know how to say 'my___' and 'your___' in Mi'gmaq: you just add the first letter of ni'n 'me' or of gi'l 'you', that is, just n- and g-.

As you'll see in our second set of words, though, when words start with a vowel a /-t-/ sound usually is added to link everything together.

Only a few words that are either parts of the body (like your teeth) or parts of your family (like your father) do not need this /-t-/ added in before a vowel. A word starting in consonants just adds the n- and g- right before it, nothing else.

But you will notice that when the combination of n- or g- with the following consonant needs some help to make it pronounceable, a /'/ sound comes in to make it easier to say. When this happens, you'll notice that the 'n- sound in particular sounds sort of "stopped", almost like "nt" at the end of a word in English.

Vocabulary Section 1
 

n-ujj

my father

 
 

g-ujj

your father

 
 

n-ipitl

my teeth

 
 

g-ipitl

your teeth

 
 

a'su'n

blanket

 
 

'nT-a'su'nm

my blanket

 
 

'gT-a'su'nm

my blanket

 
 

'n-gij

my mother

 
 

'g-gij

your mother

 
 

'n-sis

my older brother

 
 

'g-sis

your older brother