dunno=A=O A see O
modo-dunno=S S dream

Dunno means ‘see’, and contrasts with doŋi-camme ‘deliberately look at/watch O’ in that it is neutral with regards to deliberateness or volition. This makes dunno the more usual verb for ‘see’, though constructions with camme and with kuno (tomorrow) can be used for hearing and other forms of sensing.

Dunno-dunno, reduplicated dunno, means ‘see and see’ or ‘search for O’.

Dunno-da ‘go and see’ generally is used to mean ‘hunt’.

Dunno comes from an obsolete noun dunu ‘eyes’ and the verb no ‘come’.

Modo-dunno incorporates the noun modo ‘moon’ to mean ‘dream’ or ‘see via a moon’. Unlike its base verb, modo-dunno is intransitive. The S argument usually comes from the O set, since dreaming is not considered to be volitional. Using an A clitic would imply that the subject is a shaman deliberately courting a vision.


[#2] Cudu dunno-da-sedelamigo meli-lewa yisida.

[#66] Degelace mudu todusu, modo-dunnoboloce.

[#19] Dunnotodabena Peyada cisena Taboni yisenabena.

[#102] Laca yeleyo dunnotodanayo degewayo mede banosu.

[#52] Mede yegi wodusu nolo sedetosa, dunnotodabe callowa Nuwuda.

[#67] Modo dunno sedece.

[#1] Tele dunnolami.

[#79] Wososu dunnolebe besedi genebe.

[#3] Woŋŋi wabaŋe ŋakodu laja siŋi sonosu dunno-nomeladace.

[#18] Wusutepe kidi sewanumo dunno-dape-wolemo.

[#42] Xokesu nolekopa Nuwu dunnotosanu, tannatanna datosa luwudu.