Why do none of the roots of this word mean "cry"? 188.8.131.52 17:37, 30 May 2011 (UTC)
- The meaning is carried by the verb stem and lexical prefixes, if any. It does not mean cry. —Stephen (Talk) 18:01, 30 May 2011 (UTC)
I should have said, "Why do none of the roots of this word mean 'talk'?" The etymology contains nothing that says any component of this word has anything to do with talking, which is quite confusing. 184.108.40.206 22:09, 30 May 2011 (UTC)
- It says that yáłtiʼ means speaks. -tiʼ is the verb stem for the imperfective mood, the future stem is -tih. -tiʼ alone does not have a meaning ... the meaning of talk is carried by the stem and the lexical prefix yá-, both together. It also has to have a certain one of the four classifiers, which is -ł-. It would be a mistake to try to assign the meaning of talk to just one of the parts. It would be like saying that the meaning of talk is carried by the ‘k’ of ‘talk’, and that the other letters are there for ease of pronunciation or affixed for esthetic reasons. —Stephen (Talk) 02:24, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
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- That's not the kind of verification that we do on this page. Which form to use as the lemma is an editorial decision, not a feature of the language nor of its usage. This should probably be discussed in the Tea room. Chuck Entz (talk) 02:25, 8 May 2016 (UTC)
- Untagging. There does not seem to be any problem with this Navajo entry. —Μετάknowledgediscuss/deeds 21:02, 6 June 2016 (UTC)