squirrel (1)

noun animal_rodent

Proto-Siouan-Catawba

Proto-Siouan

Proto-Mississipi-Valley *sį́•ka ~ *zį́•ka

Proto-Dakota *zičá

Lakota zičá ‘squirrel’ RTC

Dakota zićá , †zičá ‘squirrel’ SRR:649b

Proto-Hoocąk-Chiwere

Chiwere θį́ŋe GM

Hoocąk zíik ‘squirrel’ KM:3977 , ziik

Proto-Dhegiha *sį́ka

Omaha-Ponca sį́ga ‘squirrel’ RR

Kanza/Kaw sį́ga ‘squirrel’ RR

Osage çíⁿga , †sį́ka ‘squirrel’ LF:30b

Quapaw sį́ka ‘squirrel’ RR

General comment

Cf. ‘squirrel > flying squirrel’. We note that entries with į have s while those with oral i have z. ‘squirrel (2)’ shows a nasal prefix that would, if cognate with ‘squirrel (1)’, provide a nasalized and/or intervocalic environment for voicing of the above fricatives. Otherwise, it looks as if this is a diffused form more than a collection of cognates. Look-alikes in Tunica and Keresan would tend to confirm this latter analysis. Even the subgroup reconstruction should be considered insecure and extremely tentative.

Other languages

  • Cf. Proto-Keresan *si-dyA Miller + Davis, IJAL 29, p.325. Cf. Tunica číya (Haas).
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