Morphemic form: {ənatcitə}N
New orthography: inatsit
Proto-eskimoic root: əna-
Morpheme type: Noun base
Right sandhi: Assibilation



According to the Comparative Eskimo Dictionary, this stem derives from {əna-}, 'play', but it is unclear how the modern day meaning is derived from this. It is related to modern-day {ənat}V, 'order, command', but whence this final /t/ comes is not explained; possibly the transitiviser {t-}, as in {əkət}V The HTR-stem of this word is inatsivoq, with HTR-morpheme {ði}, and the final /tə/ is then likely a variant of V{-utə}N, 'tool/means for Vb'ing', which seemingly appears without initial /u/ in a number of cases when following {ði}. See also {niggitə}N, {aullaitə}N and {əkətcitə}N.

The stem regularly assibilates the final /t/ to /s/ before both affixes and endings, due to the preceeding true /i/.

Noun stem

Stem type: tə-stem
Declension type: p-declined
Declension sandhi: Regular ABS.3sg/sg Special forms
New orthography inatsit inatsisip inatsisit inatsisimut inatsisaa
Phonemic notation ənatcitə ənatcitəp ənatcitət ənatcitəmut ənatcitəa


Meaning Notes