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Truncating and Additive Chunks

Rule #12

All chunks except bases are either truncating or additive.

Truncating chunks delete the preceding consonant (if there is one). The slash symbol serves to indicate that a chunk is truncating.

The noun ending /it is truncating. Thus, when /it is added to the noun base inuk, the final k of inuk is deleted:

inuk /it → inu-it

Additive chunks do not delete the preceding consonant (if there is one). The plus symbol serves to indicate that a chunk is additive.

The noun ending +mut is additive. Thus, when +mut is added to the noun base inuk, the final k of inuk is not deleted. It is only transformed into m:

inuk +mut → inum-mut

A small number of chunks delete a preceding t but do not delete a preceding k or q. This is the case of ±sima-±tit- and ±taq.

  • tikit±sima- → tiki-sima-
  • itiq±sima- → itir-sima-
  • tupak±sima- → tupat-sima-
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