-MÁÁZ

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Navajo[edit]

Etymology[edit]

The root -MÁÁZ (globular, spherical, ball-like shape) is cognate with the root -BĄ́Ą́Z (hooplike, ringlike shape), both possibly originating from Proto-Athabaskan *wątsʼ (roll).

Root[edit]

-MÁÁZ

  1. roll
Theme Category Bases Transitive bases (O + ł)
Ø motion

S rolls

S rolls O

Ø successive

S twirls or shakes O
(finger, head, stick)

ni + Ø adjectival

S is spherical, round

ni + Ø

S becomes —

S makes O —

Stem set[edit]

Aspect IMP PERF FUT ITER OPT
MOM -máás -mááz -mas -mas -máás
CONT -maas -mááz -mas -mas -maas
REP -maz - - - -
SEM -mas -mas -mas -mas -mas
NEUTER -maz -mas - - -

See also Appendix: Roots and stems derivation.

Synonyms[edit]

to roll:

to curl:

spherical:

 
 

to shake:

to twirl:

Derived terms[edit]

Navajo terms belonging to the root -MÁÁZ (roll)