bihónéedząąh

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Navajo[edit]

Etymology[edit]

b-(3rd person indirect object prefix) + -ho-(space, area, things) + -ní-(comparative) + -ee- (ni-modal 3rd person subject prefix) + -d-(classifier) + -dząąh (imperfective stem of root -DZĄĄD, “to be possible”).

The stem may actually be -ząąh, potentially ultimately deriving from the root -YĄĄD ("to be wise", see honisą/hóyą). Compare Chipewyan hurélyą(good weather) and Sarcee nanidhzoh(get well).

Other difficulties are the origin of the high tone on ho- and the pre-stem long -née- (possibly from ní- + ni- ?), only found in few other bases (see ánéeltʼeʼ).

Verb[edit]

bihónéedząąh

  1. it becomes possible
  2. it becomes practical, feasible

Usage notes[edit]

This verb is semantically limited to expression in the third person.

Conjugation[edit]

Paradigm: Momentaneous (ni/si), third person only.

IMPERFECTIVE singular
3rd person bihónéedząąh
NEUTER singular
3rd person bihónéedzą́
PERFECTIVE singular
3rd person bihónéesdząąd