Morphemic form: N{(q)vaaq}N (Combinations)
New orthography: +paaq, -rpaaq
Proto-eskimoic root: vaɣ(-)
Variants: N{(q)vak}N
Morpheme type: Nominal modifier
Left sandhi: Default (additive, epenthetic or phonotactically truncative)
Right sandhi: aq-dropping


Form and usage:

This morpheme is not used productively, except in combination with the superlative affix V{nəq}N, or N{(l)liq}N (superlative with directional stems). It is apparently a variant of N{(q)vak}N, from the morpheme {vaɣ(-)}. The combination with {nəʀ} is written as {nəʀpa(C)aʀ} in Fortescue et al. (2010), where the (C) seems to indicate a combination with another morpheme {aʀ}. It is unclear, what this morpheme is.

Note: unlike the combination V{nəqcaq}N, this affix is never used with possessive endings. However, it may be verbalised with N{-u}V, which causes the final /aq/ to drop.

Declension information

Stem type: Weak q-stem
Declension type: p-declined
Declension sandhi: Regular


Meaning Notes
the (very) most N Emphasis of the superlative meaning of V{nəq}N and N{(l)liq}N.