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Exclamative Endings

Rule #33

There are two frequent exclamative endings in Nunavik Inuktitut. They are peculiar because they express neither a case nor a mood.

Kinship nouns and personal names can take the vocative ending /V(C):

panik /V(C) → pani-ik!
aippaq /V(C)
→ aippa-aq!
nuakuluk /V(C) → nuakulu-u-ngai!
/ngai Maakusi /V(C) → Maakusi-i!

Verb bases can take the interjective ending /paa:

taqa- /paa → taqa-paa! angirraq-
/guma- /paa → angirra-ruma-paa!

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