Wondering what the etymology of this word is, can't find it anywhere. I am looking for the full etymology of the word Nahuatl, but specifically just the Na part.

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    What makes you think the na- is a morpheme in and of itself? I'm not an expert on Nahuatl, but the root nahua- means "to speak clearly/aloud". I'm not sure it can be broken down any farther than that.
    – Draconis
    Jan 3 '20 at 18:00
  • It's not a separate morpheme, as far as I know. Nahuatl inflection is suffixal.
    – jlawler
    Jan 3 '20 at 18:55
  • Here is something that raises a similar question about English: youtube.com/watch?v=TbBITrZa6Ok
    – Greg Lee
    Jan 6 '20 at 2:01

Nothing, probably.

The verb nahua- means "to speak clearly/out loud", and I haven't seen any evidence for it being composed of multiple morphemes, or for *na- having a meaning of its own.

(I've put in a request for Miller's Uto-Aztecan Cognate Sets at the library, which might give more conclusive proof, but it won't be in for a few days.)

  • Didn't even cross my mind to look for that as the base. Thank you for clarifying. Jan 5 '20 at 1:28

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