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Re: Tewa (natlang) question

From:Thomas Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Thursday, June 16, 2005, 12:46
From:    "Elyse M. Grasso" <emgrasso@...>
> The San Idlefonso pueblo near Santa Fe, New Mexico, now has street signs for > the first time in its history (house numbers, too). Many of the streets/roads > have names like XYZ Po, where XYZ is the name of noted grandparent of some of > the current inhabitants. > > Does anyone know a good source to find out what 'Po' is derived from?
I'm by no means an expert on Kiowa-Tanoan languages, but my guess would be that it's cognate with closely related Kiowan _-bo_, which is glossed in Mithun as the inverse suffix and which sometimes affects the reading the number of the noun: _alO:_ 'two apples', _alO:-bo_ 'one or two apples'. This doesn't sound like an Algonquian-style inverse marker, so maybe it's some kind of nominal abstract modifier? Anyways, the implication is that it's the equivalent of saying 'street characterized by [Proper Name]'. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637