whistle (3)

perceptual_auditory

Proto-Siouan-Catawba

Proto-Siouan *só•-pE

Proto-Crow-Hidatsa *co•pE

Crow čóopi ‘squeak’ RG

Hidatsa có•pE ‘chirp’ J

Pre-Mandan *Sop-

Mandan šopkáʔ ‘prairie dog, groundhog, gopher’ RTC , sópoʔš ‘it squeaks, chirps, whistles’ H:214 , sópsope ‘sparrow, cricket’ H:214

General comment

The accentual pattern and vowel length here are unexplained and would normally imply an old initial syllable.

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