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

From:Dirk Elzinga <dirk_elzinga@...>
Date:Monday, December 30, 2002, 22:41
At 8:34 PM +0000 12/21/02, And Rosta wrote:
>Dirk: >> * 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?
I'm embarassed to say that I have no idea. It is definitely a property of Proto-Uto-Aztecan, though, since it is found in every major branch of the family. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga "It is important not to let one's aesthetics interfere with the appreciation of fact." - Stephen Anderson