naazhjaaʼ

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Navajo[edit]

Etymology[edit]

na-(atelic, circuital) + -z-(si-perfective 3rd person subject prefix) + -Ø-(classifier) + -jaaʼ (neuter perfective stem of root -JAAʼ, “to handle a profusion of objects”).

Verb[edit]

naazhjaaʼ

  1. they lie around somewhere, are located somewhere (groups of profusion of small, visually difficult to count objects as sand, seeds or pebbles)

Usage notes[edit]

This verb is limited to expression in the third person and refers to multiple groups of small items. Also occurs with distributive da- as ndaazhjaaʼ, refering to a greater plurality of groups.

For a single group, use the verb shijaaʼ.

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

Conjugation[edit]

Paradigm: Neuter perfective (si), third person only.

PERFECTIVE singular plural dist. plural
3rd person (shijaaʼ) naazhjaaʼ ndaazhjaaʼ

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