Morphemic form: {qatək}N
New orthography: qatik
Proto-eskimoic root: qatəɣ
Morpheme type: Noun base
Right sandhi: None


Noun stem

Stem type: Strong k-stem
Declension type: up-declined
Declension sandhi: Metathesis ABS.3sg/sg Special forms
New orthography qatik qakkup qakkit qatimmut qakka
New orthography qatik qarrup qarrit qatimmut qarra
Phonemic notation qatək qatkup qatkit qatəkmut qatka
Notes on declension:

According to Schultz-Lorentzen (1951), this stem declines with metathesis. Furthermore, besides the regular metathesis pattern, where we get /tk/ (strangely spelt qagkup, qagkit etc. in the old orthography), there is also another form, where the metathesised consonant cluster becomes [χχ] instead (i.e. qarrup, qarrit) instead, completely irregularly. It is not clear which (if any) of these forms may be preferred today.


Meaning Notes
breast bone (of a bird)