Morphemic form: {isə}N
New orthography: isi
Proto-eskimoic root: itəɣ
Morpheme type: Noun base
Right sandhi: None



In modern day, there may be some confusion between {əcə}N (eye), {əci}N (drum skin) and {isə}N (boot tip), since all three forms have fallen together into just one, isi, in the New Orthography. You may therefore hear both e.g. isia and isaa for absolutive N{-a}. Some of the confusion was present already in the Old Orthography, where {əcə}N isse could be distinguished from ise, but the latter could be either {əsi}N or {isə}N, because the Old Orthography did not distinguish between /ə/ and true /i/. Only in the etymological orthography of the Comparative Eskimo Dictionary can we distinguish all three:

Noun stem

Stem type: ə-stem (vowel stem)
Declension type: p-declined
Declension sandhi: Regular ABS.3sg/sg Special forms
New orthography isi isip isit isimut isaa
Phonemic notation isə isəp isət isəmut isəa


Meaning Notes
boot tip