Commands or requests may be formulated and verbs conjugated for this purpose are said to be in the imperative mode.
Commands have an implied animate subject: you – you (plural) -we (you and I) – we (all of us).
Different endings indicate which subject is being used for the command.
No personal prefixes are needed or used in this mode.
Mahican also uses delayed imperatives which are commands with special endings that pertain to a future time.
Commands may exist as the only verb in the sentence or may be in a subordinate clause in which case a conjunct verb is used.
|Subject||Vowel stem paradigm||Consonant stem paradigm|
|2nd sg (You)||(vowel stem)-h||(consonant stem)-ih|
|2nd pl (You pl)||(vowel stem)-kw||(consonant stem)-ookw|
|1 + 2 (We)||(vowel stem)-tąąw||(consonant stem)-ootąąw|
|1 + 2 + 3 (We all )||(vowel stem)-took||(consonant stem)-ootook|
Noh ąątook. Let’s all go there. (ąą)-(took) (stem)-(1+2+ 3 imperative) Wąąk ih. Say it again. (ii)-(h) (stem)-(2p sg imperative) Ahkwih-anahkah. Stop doing that. (Sw44) Nan ayiitąąw. Lets stay here. (s134) Nan atiikw. Stay (you pl) here (s134) Nah wih! Come here! Anumsiikw māāwih wunihtaakw. Go and get ready. (mlh29) Chiikapih Be still, be quiet. (s37) cf chiikapuw vai Mayanapih! Be still, lie still! Kăθah! Be quiet, stop speaking, shut up! (Sw182-119, av119,j139) Kăθāātuyah! Shut the heck up! (considered impolite) (Sw182) Note: contains -utuyāā- which is a mild mild expletive, also called an objurgative medial. Ref Connor Quinn Katąątanahkah. Work quickly. (s113) Kwúnupih. Turn around. kwúnupiiw vai-s turn around Piiskwāāθuwak paθúkwiikw! Girls stand up! paθúkwiiw vai stand up (P mlh30) Anumθiitąąw. Let’s go. (you and me) (s72) Anumθiikw. Leave. (you pl) Anumθiitook. We will go. Let’s all go. (s72) Anumuθih. Go! (s72) anumθuw vai go, leave Anumihksihnah. Run away quickly. (s113) Anumihksihnąąkw. Run away quickly (you pl). anumihksihnāāw vai-ąą run away quickly Mąąchih. Go home. mąąchiiw vai-s go home Nxąąθih! Watch out! nxąąθuw he watches out, he is wary
Preverbs with Imperative
Preverbs with imperative forms use the neutral uninflected form of the preverb:
Ahkwih-ąąptóonhah! Stop talking! ahkwih-ąąptóonhāāw vai-s stop speaking, talking Nootih-ąąptóonhah! Start talking! nootih-ąąptóonhāāwvai-s start talking Mawih-kawíh! Go to sleep! Pāāch-mawih-míitθih. Come and eat.
Stems ending in (-xiin) drop the final (n) before some imperative endings.
chiikaniixiin vai lie down, lie still
kiisiixiin vai be ready to use, be all set (s.t. animate) (HA19, HA27)
Chiikaniixih. Lie still. Chiikaniixiikw. (you pl) Lie down. Chiikaniixiinootąąw. Let's lie down (you and me). Chiikaniixiinootook. Let's all lie down. Kiisiixih. Be ready. Kiisiixiikw. Be ready. (you pl) Kiisiixiinootoow. Let's be ready. (you and I) Kiisiixiinootąąw. Let's all be ready.
VOTIs differ only in the 2nd person singular imperative forms from normal VAIs:
(stem-am) + (h) = (stem-ah)
(stem-um) + (h) = (ih)
VAI Imperative Special Cases
|Subject||VAI (stem-xiin)||VOTI1a (stem-am) paradigm||VOTI1b (stem-um) paradigm|
|2nd sg (You)||(stem-xii)-h||(stem)-ah||(stem)-ih|
|2nd pl (You pl)||(stem-xii)-kw||(stem-am)-ookw||(stem-um)-ookw|
|1 + 2 (We)||(stem-xiin)-ootąąw||(stem-am)-ootąąw||(stem-um)-ootąąw|
|1 + 2 + 3 (We all)||(stem-xiin)-ootook||(stem-am)-ootook||(stem-um)-ootook|
kxanawąątam voti1a pay attention, keep, retain, remember (letters, verses etc) (s78)
wunuθtam voti1a believe (wunustam) (s39)
Kxanawąątah. Pay attention! Wunih-kxanawąątamookw. Pay (you pl) attention. Wunuθtah. Be obedient. Listen well. (s105) Wunuθtamookw. Listen well. Be obedient. (you pl)(s105) Wunuθtamootąąw. Let’s be obedient. (s105)
VAI Delayed Imperative Mode
The delayed imperative mode is used for commands that should be carried out at a later time.
2nd person sg and pl forms exist.
|Subject||VAI (vowel stem)||VAI (consonant stem)|
|2nd sg (You)||(—-)-mah||(—-)-oomah|
|2nd pl (You pl)||(—-)-māākw||(—-)-oomāākw|
Note: I found no delayed imperatives built in consonant ending stems in the available written materials but would expect such forms to be constructed as above.
VAI Prohibitive Mode
The prohibitive mode is used for commands of the type, ‘thou shalt not’ or ‘Do not’ and represent the negative form of the imperative mode
Negative commands or prohibitive statements use modified endings which include the negative suffix (oo)(w)(ii)
One of the prohibitive particles: chih, chiin, chiinih precedes negative commands in this mode. Chiin is like saying “don’t.”
|2nd sg (You)||chiin (—)han|
|2nd pl (You pl)||chiin (—)hāākw|
As always, long vowels shorten before h
Chiin kamuk ahāākw. Don’t go there. (you pl) Chiin kāākway aniitahahan. Don’t get excited. Chiin kamuk ahan. Don’t go there. (āāw vai he goes) Chii nah ach aawu. Dont even go there. Chiin anahkahan. Don’t work. Chiinih siiwāānutamhan. Don’t be sad. (voti1a) Chiinih siiwāānutamhāākw. Don’t (you pl) be sad. Chih chiikaniixiinhan. Don’t lie down. (vai ending in (-xiin))
Imperative using the subordinative mode:
Use of the subordinative mode denotes a mild suggestion.
Although the interpretation is that of a command, these forms use a prefix and endings appropriate for the participant who is the object of the command.
Thus, these forms may be used for commands which specify another person who is involved. Negative forms are also prefixed and do not use a negative verb ending.
Nŭmíitθiin. Let me eat. Numiitθiināānah. Let us eat. Chiin kāākway ksiiwāānŭtam. Don't be troubled (s37) Chiin wtąąn. Don't let him go.
Injunctive conjunct mode
Uses a 3rd person conjunct form without initial change and a modified ending, the injunctive suffix -ch to form third person commands.
Consonant stems add -uch instead of the usual conjunct ending.
miitθuw eat Miitθíich. Let him eat. pumąąwuθuw live Pumąąwuθiich. Let him live. (injunctive command) (s90)