Morphemic form: {kəsitcitə}N
New orthography: kisitsit
Proto-eskimoic root: kəcit-
Morpheme type: Noun base
Right sandhi: Assibilation



According to the Comparative Eskimo Dictionary, this stem derives from {kəcit-}, 'count (them)', corresponding to the modern-day form kisippai. The HTR-form is kisitsivoq with HTR-morpheme {ði}, which regularly takes the form -tsivoq on true t-stems. The final /tə/ is not explained in the CED, but it may possibly be a variant form of V{-utə}N, 'tool/means for Vb'ing', without the initial /u/, which seemingly appears in a number of cases when following {ði}. See also {niggitə}N, {ənatcitə}N, {əkətcitə} and {aullaitə}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 kisitsit kisitsisip kisitsisit kisitsisimut kisitsisaa
Phonemic notation kəsitcitə kəsitcitəp kəsitcitət kəsitcitəmut kəsitcitəa


Meaning Notes