Rou Soulatlouy - Bishwuk (counting)

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* indicates a phrase that was reconstructed by language staff, based on similar phrases by elder speakers.

Bishwuk [DP-kt]counting (abstract, people, many animals, some objects)
1. Shouwa hulurr?*How many (people, animals) are there?
2. Goutsurr. [DP+NR-kt, EB+JJ+BJ-gr]

(Spoken by Della Prince & Nettie Rossig)
There is one (person, animal...).
3. Gouwi’ goutsurr. [DP-kt]There is one man.
4. Rri’durr. [DP+NR-kt, CT-sl, JJ+EB-gr]

(Spoken by Della Prince & Nettie Rossig)
There are two (people, animals...).
5. Wayits rri’durr. [DP-kt]There are two dogs.
6. Rrikurr. [DP+NR-kt, JJ-ec, CT-sl, EB+JJ-gr]

(Spoken by Della Prince & Nettie Rossig)
There are three (people, animals...).
7. Halou’wi’ rrikurr. [DP-kt]There are three canoes.
8. Rriya’wurr. [DP+NR-kt, JJ-ec, CT-sl, EB+JJ-gr]

(Spoken by Della Prince & Nettie Rossig)
There are four (people, animals...).
9. Rriya’wurr tvanughidurr. [EB-gr]There are four woven blankets.
10. We’sagh (hulurr). [DP+NR-kt, AR-jh, ??-ak, EB-gr]

(Spoken by Della Prince & Nettie Rossig)

(Spoken by Della Prince)
(There are) five (people, animals...)
11. We’sagh hulurr mulhuk. [JJ-gr]There are five salmon.
12. Gutsurr. [EB+JJ+BJ-gr, DP-kt]

(Spoken by Della Prince)
There are many (people, animals...)
13. Jechach da gutsurr. [JJ-gr]There are many animals (elk, etc.)
14. Ga lu wulou’.[JJ-gr, DP-kt]
Ga lu velou’. [WaB-gr]
There is/there are none. (“one doesn’t see it”)

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