Morphemic form: N{ŋŋuaq}N (Combinations)
New orthography: -nnguaq
Proto-eskimoic root: ŋ(ŋ)uðaʀ(-)
Variants: V{ŋŋuaq}V
Morpheme type: Nominal modifier
Left sandhi: Default (additive, epenthetic or phonotactically truncative)
Right sandhi: aq-dropping


Form and usage:

This stem is aq-dropping before all vowel-initial endings, and also before N{-u}V. See also N{(q)cuaq}N and N{galuaq}N which behave similarly with vowel-initial endings.

Declension information

Stem type: Weak q-stem
Declension type: up-declined
Declension sandhi: Regular ABS.3sg/sg Special forms
New orthography -nnguaq nnguup -nnguit -nnguamut -nngua
Phonemic notation ŋŋuaq ŋŋuup ŋŋuit ŋŋuamut ŋŋua
Notes on declension:

The stem is up-declined, and thus drops /aq/ before N{-up} and N{-it}, as well as before all other vowel-initial endings; thus, with vowel-initial endings it behaves like a regular k-stem {ŋŋuk}. With consonant-initial endings it behaves like an ordinary weak q-stem.


Meaning Notes
little (cute) N With connotations of cute/sweet/dear. It is a very common affix used for endearment and in names, but rarely with plain objects (like a rock, a house, a dog etc.), unless they have some significance to the speaker; to express the plain meaning of 'small N', without the connotations of affection/dear/cute, N{-araq}N would be used instead. Examples
right/just With spatial nouns, to express 'right above N', 'just below N' etc. Examples