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Abkhaz-Adyghe etymology :

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Proto-West-Caucasian: *-anǝTa
North Caucasian etymology: North Caucasian etymology
Meaning: heavy
Abkhaz: á-χ́anta
Abaza: χ́anta
Adyghe: wantaʁʷ
Kabardian: wandaʁʷ
Ubykh: ǵǝ́nṭq̇ʷa
Comments: PAT *χ́anǝta (in Abkh. there also exists a variant á-χ́amta). PAK *want:áʁʷǝ (also borrowed in Abkh. a-wadaʕw).

    A very difficult case. PAT *χ́- can not in any way correspond to PAK *w-, and Ub. ǵ- to either, so we must assume that in all subgroups we have compounds with different initial components (but the nature of these components is not clear). The situation is aggravated by irregularity of correspondence between PAT *-t- , PAK *-t:- and Ub. -ṭ- and by the existence in Abaz. of a synonymous adjective ħat-la 'heavy' (does it have any connection with *χ́anǝta ?).


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