child > female child

noun person




Proto-Dhegiha *šémį

Omaha-Ponca cemiⁿjiñga , †šemįžįga JOD

Osage shimiⁿ , †šimį ‘baby girl, damsel, maiden, lassie’ LF:131b

Quapaw šémi RR

General comment

Cf. ‘child > boy’; ‘child > male child’. This term parallels ‘child > male child’ exactly and may well have been innovated independently several times. A Proto-Siouan reconstruction may not be possible, although the pattern is transparently reconstructible. Note the same irregular reflex of in Chiwere that is found in ‘child > male child’.

Language Cognate Phonetic Siouan Meaning Comment Sources