Rankin, Robert L rankin at ku.edu
Mon Aug 28 04:26:28 UTC 2006

> BTW, Bob, what is the geographic distribution of this word in Siouan? All 
over, or only in the Mississippi Valley languages, or what?
Northern part of Mississippi Valley only:  Dakotan (wagmu, wamna, dialectally) and Chiwere-Winnebago only.  Dhegiha is different.  Note that, even within Dakotan, the vowels don't match.

> (Far as I know, the word doesn't reconstruct in Muskogean, either. The word 
obviously has a special status in Algonquian.)
Depends on what word we're talking about.  There's a 'squash' reconstruction in Muskogean, but it's not like the Siouan or Algonquian terms under discussion.  

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