Morphemic form: {qajaq}N
New orthography: qajaq, qaannat, qaanni
Proto-eskimoic root: qayaʀ
Morpheme type: Noun base
Right sandhi: None



This stem has a rare form og gemination where /j/ is replaced by /inn/ in the geminated stem. This phenomenon can also be seen in {najak}N 'a boy's little sister' and seemingly nowhere else. Note also special possessive qainni 'his (own) kayak' with the same special gemination of /j/. The geminated stem also appears in certain (lexicalised) combinations with replacive affixes, notably qaannivik 'kayak scaffold' with N{-livik}N, and qaanniorpoq 'he makes a kayak' with N{-liuq}V..

Noun stem

Stem type: Weak q-stem
Declension type: p-declined
Declension sandhi: Gemination
Gemination type: /j/ => /inn/ ABS.3sg/sg Special forms
New orthography qajaq qaannap qaannat qaannamut qajaa qaanni (ABS.4sg/sg)
Phonemic notation qajaq qainnap qainnat qainnamut qajaa qainni (ABS.4sg/sg)


Meaning Notes