Noun Stem Tangent (RE: 'snake' and 'god' terms.)
Koontz John E
John.Koontz at colorado.edu
Sun Aug 27 02:04:43 UTC 2006
On Thu, 24 Aug 2006, Rankin, Robert L wrote:
> Udi is the normal BI reflex of common Siouan *hute' 'base, stump, etc.'
> I don't know where the t- is coming from in the alternate form. Haas
> (1968) as well as Dorsey had sporadic voicing of intervocalic stops in
> Biloxi. [b, d, g] are therefore often variants of /p, t, k/, but [d] is
> ALSO the regular outcome of proto-Siouan *r in Biloxi, which accounts
> for why there are so many d's but so few b's and g's.
I really should read ahead more.
This works, but it does require one to fiddle the expected *uti. If it is
*hute, then the stem (I would argue) is *hut-e. No epehtnetic *r needed
after a consonant.
Anyway, I do suspect that *hut-e appears in tudi 'base', since 'base,
bottom, stump' is the expected gloss for *hut-e. But why t? Maybe
from *hta-hute 'it's base'?
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