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:
>> * 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
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
Dirk Elzinga Dirk_Elzinga@byu.edu
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