Morphemic form: {nuviq}N
New orthography: nuffit
Proto-eskimoic root: nuɣiʀ
Morpheme type: Noun base
Right sandhi: None



This stem is only used with plural endings. The plural form, nuffit contains a geminated consonant, which I have here recorded as /v/. However, according to the CED, this consonant is historically /g/, so this is irregular, although this /g/ is never visible anywhere today. However, it could be seen in the old orthography, where this word was spelt nugfit.

Noun stem

Stem type: Weak q-stem
Declension type: p-declined
Declension sandhi: Gemination
Gemination type: /v/ => /ff/ ABS.3sg/sg Special forms
New orthography nuffit nuffimut nuia
Phonemic notation nuvvit nuvvimut nuvia
Notes on declension:

As this stem is only used with plural endings, the declension does not contain any singular forms. Note also that his bird dart must be expressed with a plural ending, even though the meaning is singular; thus e.g. nuii, with ABS.3sg/pl N{-i}, rather than the usual ABS.3sg/sg N{-a}.


Meaning Notes
bird dart