wrist (2)


General comment

Seemingly another example of rightward vowel exchange in Hidatsa, if Mandan has the inherited form. Alternatively, Mandan may have subjected the form to folk etymology, as the current structure is a compound of ‘hand (2)’ plus some unknown element. Body parts are frequently inherently possessed and marked with inalienable *i-, so there may be more than meets the eye to the vowel exchange here.

Language Cognate Phonetic Siouan Meaning Comment Sources