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Lezghian etymology :

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Proto-Lezghian: *šʷi
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: what
Rutul: ši-w(i)
Tsakhur: erg. ni-še
Kryz: ši
Budukh: ši
Comment: This root should not be confused with another PL interrogative, *š:i q.v. It serves as a base for PL *šʷimV- 'how many' (Lezg. šumu-d, Tab. š̌nu-b, Rut. šumu-d, Arch. šume-jṭu; Ud. Vart. ema, Nidzh. hema is partially contaminated with another PL interrogative stem, *ha-/*hi- q.v.). A loan from Lezg. is probably Khin. sam 'how many'.

    See Гигинейшвили 1977,91; Алексеев 1985, 75.


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