Siouan 'bird'

Shannon West shanwest at
Sun Nov 21 21:35:57 UTC 2004

lcumberl at wrote:

>I'll add to Shannon's contribution by adding another form widely attested in
>Assiniboine, namely, zitka'na ~ ziNtka'na (bearing in mind that when it - or any
>vowel-final word - is said in isolation the final vowel is whispered). My
>primary consultant's Indian name is Zitka'na tho wiNyaN 'Bluebird Woman'.
Yep yep. I have the first consonant as both z and s from different
speakers. Sometimes I hear it almost as a [ts] which is really odd.
ZitkaN + na I have as a diminutive form, but I've doubted that for a
while already.

One of these days, I'd really like to look into that -na ending. :)


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