[tlhIngan Hol] Etymology of {De'wI'}

Tyler Jacobs tylerjacobs1917 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 3 09:40:30 PDT 2020

Newb here.. but your speculation of computer reminds me of ra'wI'wI or
commanding officer.. would that be in the same realm as your De'wI computer?

On Sat, Oct 3, 2020, 11:37 AM SCOTT <amavocet at comcast.net> wrote:

> I am curious about the etymology of {De'wI'} ("computer"). {De'} is a noun
> meaning "data." {-wI'} is, of course, both a noun suffix ('my") and a verb
> suffix ("thing which does").
> Normally, I would expect a noun to to take a nouns suffix. That would make
> {De'wI'} "my data," hardly a likely translation of "computer."
> It seems, rather, that the noun {De'} is taking the verb suffix, making it
> "thing which... datas (?)." Is that, in fact, what is happening here? If
> so, are there other known cases of nouns taking verb suffixes, or of verbs
> taking noun suffixes?
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