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Re: Uto-Aztecan [was: What is an IE language]

From:And Rosta <a.rosta@...>
Date:Saturday, December 21, 2002, 20:34
> * stem suppletion: In almost every UA language, there are a few verbs > which are suppletive for number. Suppletion is sensitive to the > number of the subject for transitive verbs, and to the number of the > direct object for transitive verbs. Here are some examples from Shoshoni: > > sing dual plural > kat1 y1k_wi y1k_wikka 'sit' > w1n1 tacakkihka topoihka 'lie' > paikka was1 was1 'kill' > uttu himi himi 'give' > yaa hima hima 'take' > > What makes this suppletion so unusual is that it follows an > ergative/absolutive pattern, although UA has a definite > nominative/accusative case alignment
What (to the best of our knowledge) is the historical explanation for all this? --And.


Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>