Morphemic form: {kaavəq}N
New orthography: kaaveq, kaarfa
Proto-eskimoic root: kavẑaq, kavẑəq
Morpheme type: Noun base
Right sandhi: None



According to the CED, this stem is also related to kasseq (old orthography kavsseĸ) 'crown of head'. The lengthened /a/, and the disappearance of /ẑ/ is unexplained.

Noun stem

Stem type: Strong q-stem
Declension type: up-declined
Declension sandhi: Metathesis ABS.3sg/sg Special forms
New orthography kaaveq kaarfup kaarfit kaavermut kaarfa
Phonemic notation kaavəq kaaqvup kaaqvit kaavəqmut kaaqva
Notes on declension:

This stem declines with metathesis, but unlike other stems ending in /vəq/, /qv/ is here apparently only realised as [ff], and never as [χχ].


Meaning Notes
top (of something) Often with possessive endings Examples