friend (4)

noun social

Proto-Siouan-Catawba

Proto-Siouan

Pre-Mandan *warųka, *wrųka

Mandan koto wąrąku, kota wąrąku ‘his friend’ , kotomanaku ‘man’s friend’ RTC , kotáwįrųka H:276 , wą́rųkaʔš

General comment

The Hidatsa form, when compared with the Mandan, seems to derive by rightward vowel exchange from an earlier *-ruka-. The inalienable possession of the form in Hidatsa may result from the homophony of uninflected *waraku- <*waruka- = <a class="Language" href="http://csd.clld.org/languages/ma" title="Mandan">Mandan</a> warų-ka to the first person inalienable form of a putative **raku-.

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