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North Caucasian etymology :

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Proto-North Caucasian: *rīlć_wī ( ~ -ǝ̄-)
Sino-Caucasian etymology: Sino-Caucasian etymology
Meaning: girl, woman
Proto-Nakh: *dēcV ( ~ -ā-)
Proto-Avaro-Andian: *ruč:V
Proto-Lak: duš
Proto-Dargwa: *rurs:i
Proto-Lezghian: *jVčVj
Notes: Medial *-l- is suggested by the PD form (where *-l- regularly > -r-). In PL we should expect *jVš:V-j; the form *jVčVj was probably influenced by PL *čɨj / *rV-čɨj 'sister' (see *-ɨ̆ć_ĭ).

    Although all the forms point to PEC *r-, this consonant may represent the old female class marker; in that case the root *-īlć_wī can be a result of usual adjectival metathesis < *(-ī)ć_wīlV, and we could compare also HU forms: Hurr. šali, Ur. sǝlā 'daughter' (see Diakonoff-Starostin 1986, 42).


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