łikan

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Navajo[edit]

Etymology[edit]

łi-(adjectival) + -Ø- (ni-modal 3rd person subject prefix) + -Ø-(classifier) + -kan (neuter imperfective stem of root -KĄĄD, “to be sweet”).

The łi- prefix appears to have originated historically from the -ł- classifier. When this prefix appears immediately in pre-stem position, it takes the shape of a -l- classifier.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

łikan

  1. it is sweet
  2. it is tasty, good, palatable
    Bááh éí shił łikan.‎ ― The bread is good. / I like bread.

Usage notes[edit]

This is a neuter verb that only uses the imperfective stem.

Conjugation[edit]

Paradigm: Neuter imperfective (ni).

IMPERFECTIVE singular duoplural plural
1st person łinishkan łiniikan dałiniikan
2nd person łiníkan łinohkan dałinohkan
3rd person łikan daalkan
4th person jilkan dajilkan

Derived terms[edit]