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