Morphemic form: V{(t)siisə}N (Combinations)
New orthography: -tsiisaa, +siisaa
Proto-eskimoic root:
Constituents: V{(t)sii}V + V{'-tə}N
Variants: V{(t)siisəgə}V
Morpheme type: Nominaliser
Left sandhi: Special (see description)
Right sandhi: None


Form and usage:

This affix is seemingly formed from a combination of V{(t)sii}V (wait for) and the old, non-productive variant of V{-utə}N, i.e. V{'-tə}N. The preceding /i/ in the first affix has then caused assibilation of the /t/ to /s/, i.e.

which then gives the form of this affix. In this combination, V{'-tə}N seems to be used in the (rarer) 'time when' sense of V{-utə}N, thus giving this affix the meaning 'time when one waits for something to Vb', or, more eloquently 'meantime'. It is seemingly only used with possessive endings (or with the 'verbal possessive' affix N{-gə}V, see the combination V{(t)siisəgə}V), where Possessor is the thing or person awaited for to Vb; i.e. Possessor is equated with th Actor of the underlying stem. Thus, Possessor will usually be the 3rd person, singular, and the resulting word will be used in the Absolutive case, i.e. with the possessive ending N{-a}. Hence, we do not give a full declension.

Left sandhi:

The left-most morpheme is V{(t)sii}V, which has a speciality that the initial /s/ does not assimilate a preceding /t/. See the entry for this morpheme for further details.

Declension information

Stem type: tə-stem
Declension type: p-declined
Declension sandhi: Regular
Notes on declension:

Only used with possessive endings.


Meaning Notes
in the meantime, before Possessor Vb Or 'in the waiting-time before' or 'while waiting for'. Examples