Morphemic form: N{tuq}V
New orthography: +torpoq, +sorpoq
Proto-eskimoic root: tuʀ-
Morpheme type: Verbaliser
Left sandhi: Default (additive, epenthetic or phonotactically truncative)
Right sandhi: None


Left sandhi:

This is the notorious 'consumption affix' which, because of the t⇒s-rule may become +sorpoq when following a true /i/. This regularly happens when following the four luxury goods kaffi, kaagi, viini and whisk(e)y, which has led to a 'myth' in certain teaching materials that the form +sorpoq somehow denotes that the consumed noun is particularly luxurious or delicious. However, according to the DAKA, it also happens with other nouns such as mannik ('egg', i.e. mannissorpoq, 'he eats eggs'). Unfortunately, this confusion about the original reason for the change of /t/ to /s/ seems to have spread amongst speakers, such that today even words that do end in a true /i/ may not assibilate /t/ to /s/. In general, you should not expect /t/ to be assibilated to /s/ on any loan words, except kaffi, kaagi, viini, whisk(e)y, but it may still happen on native words with a true /i/, such as mannik, ameq.

Verb stem

Right sandhi: Regular
Valency: Monovalent (valency 1)
Diathesis: Subjective (intransitive)


Meaning Notes
Actor consumes N Examples
Actor uses N (for transportation) Only in certain lexicalised words. Examples