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Proto-Japanese: *kǝ̀tàpa-
Altaic etymology: Altaic etymology
Meaning: to answer
Russian meaning: отвечать
Old Japanese: kotapa-
Middle Japanese: kòtàfa-
Tokyo: kotáe-, kotaé-
Kyoto: kòtàè-
Kagoshima: kòtàè-
Comments: JLTT 713 (treating the verb as a historical compound of kǝtǝ + apa-, which is hardly plausible). The forms reveal some variation between *kǝ̀tàpa- and *kǝ̀tápa-.

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