town (2)

physical_spatial_place

Proto-Siouan-Catawba

Proto-Siouan wį́•t- (?)

Pre-Mandan

Mandan wį́•ti ‘village’ RTC

Proto-Southeastern

Proto-Biloxi-Ofo

Ofo ĭⁿ´tufa, iⁿ´tufi ‘town’ D&S:325a

Proto-Catawba

Catawba we•, wi ‘town’ KS

General comment

The Mandan form looks as if it might simply be the old, inherently possessed word for ‘my house’ or ‘our house(s)’. The Ofo form could possibly be the same. (No separate inclusive or plural possessive prefix is reconstructible for the inalienable paradigm in Siouan.) With so few purported cognates, chance resemblance could be a problem here.

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