The etymology of PRT *cáni ‘one’

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Wolff (2010, sub *táni) noticed the connection between PRT *cáni ‘one’, Itbayaten tanih ‘alone’, Ratahan tani ‘to separate’ and Bare’e tani ‘independent’; add Kavalan tani, utani ‘some, several, a few’. Bril (p.c. April 20, 2020) finds tani ‘only’ in Natauran Amis. The Rukai-Tsouic innovation consists of the semantic shift  of *cáni  to ‘one’ out of an original meaning something like ‘alone, only’.

Reference

Wolff, John U. (2010) Proto-Austronesian phonology with glossary. 2 vols. Ithaca: Cornell Southeast Asia program publications.



Cite this blog post
Laurent Sagart (2020, April 26). The etymology of PRT *cáni ‘one’. Sino-Tibetan-Austronesian. Retrieved June 26, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.58079/ukcw

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