naʼanish

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Navajo[edit]

Etymology[edit]

na- (atelic, circuital) + -ʼa- (unspecified person subject prefix) + -Ø- (3rd person subject prefix) + -Ø- (classifier)-nish (continuative imperfective stem of root -NISH, “to work”).

Replacing the unspecified subject prefix -ʼa- with the null third-person prefix -Ø- and the null classifier with -l- produces the related verb naalnish.

Verb[edit]

naʼanish

  1. work is going on, work is happening

Usage notes[edit]

This verb is limited to expression in the unspecified person. For expression involving given persons, see naalnish.

Conjugation[edit]

Paradigm: Continuative (Ø/si), third person only.

3rd person singular
IMPERFECTIVE naʼanish
PERFECTIVE naʼazhnish
FUTURE nʼdoonish

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