phanem

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Abenaki[edit]

Etymology[edit]

John Dyneley Prince speculated in 1905 that this term and the Mahican term ph·ánam (his spelling, corresponding to /phanam/, which he compares to De Forest's p'ghainoom) may be "connected by metathesis with" the same root from which squaw derives (which is Proto-Algonquian *eθkwe·wa ((young) woman)). Prince wrote "I think p-h· in ph·ánam is a metathesis of k(p)-w(h)".[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

phanem

  1. woman

References[edit]

  • Joseph Laurent, New Familiar Abenakis and English Dialogues (1884)
  1. ^ A Tale in the Hudson River Indian Language, in the American Anthropologist, volume 7 (1905), page 79