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Re: Dropping parts of the root.

From:Mangiat <mangiat@...>
Date:Tuesday, July 17, 2001, 16:32
Marcus Smith wrote:

> On Mon, 16 Jul 2001, Mangiat wrote: > > > > We all know about agglutinating and inflecting languages where
> > are > > > added to a root to change its meaning or function in the sentence. I
> > > wondering: are there instead natlangs marking a morphologic feature > > deleting > > > a part of the root? > > Most definitely. This is usually called "trucation".
'trucation' or 'truncation'?
> In the Uto-Aztecan languages Papago and Pima, a verb > forms the perfective by truncating the word: neid > nei 'see', maak > maa > 'give', nolavt > nolav 'buy', etc. Sometimes a VC sequence is removed > instead of just one phoneme. >
OK, that's what I was looking for! Now some questions... If these languages are inflecting (perhaps agglutinating), as I suppose, are inflections directly added to the trucated/truncated form? Is there a possible historical/phonological reason which caused the last consonant to vanish? Is such a feature particular of these two languages - do we have analogue cases in the other U.A. languages? Thanks in advance, Luca