speak, talk

verb social_communication


Proto-Siouan *i-(r)ʔe

Proto-Crow-Hidatsa *ireʔ

Crow ilíi ‘talk’ GG:87, RGG:51

Hidatsa iréʔ ‘speak, talk’ J

Pre-Mandan *kirąʔ-

Mandan kirą́ʔroʔš ‘he told it’ RTC

Proto-Mississipi-Valley *i-(r)ʔe

Proto-Dakota *iyA

Lakota i-yA´

Dakota ‘speak’ SRR:169b

Proto-Hoocąk-Chiwere *itʔé

Chiwere itʔá LWR:13 , utʔá, učʔé GM

Hoocąk hi-tʔe KM:1099 , hit’e

Proto-Dhegiha *íe

Omaha-Ponca íe, íye ‘speak, talk; language’ RR

Kanza/Kaw íe ‘speak, talk; language’ RR

Osage íe ‘speak, talk; language’ RR

Quapaw íe, íye ‘speak, talk; language’ RR, JOD


Proto-Biloxi-Ofo *i-(r)é

Biloxi kíyĕ , †-íe ‘say that to or about him’ D&S:189a, EB , adĕ´ , †adé ‘to talk, speech, language’ D&S:190a

Ofo ilĕ´ , †ilé ‘speak’ D&S:324a

General comment

Here, presumably, the *(r) would have been epenthetic in those first and second person forms in which normally disappears (cf. ‘use, do with’). The *r is then extended analogically to 3rd person forms where normally remains, and the resultant cluster *rʔ > *tʔ in Chiwere, Hoocąk in parallel with *rh > *th. For other examples of the same phenomenon cf. ‘jump’, ‘lay’, ‘fly (1)’; v. also ‘do, make’, ‘say’. The Hidatsa form conjugates with what appear to be inalienable possessive pronouns. This verb is the only example of this odd inflectional pattern.

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