Protoform: KAI.7 [PN] Preposed verbal particle of continuity; still, yet: *k(a,e)i

Description: Preposed verbal particle of continuity; still, yet: *k(a,e)i
Reconstruction: Reconstructs to PN: Polynesian

*1 Cf. PPN *koi.3 "preposed verbal particle of continuity, yet".
*8 Note: If TON kei is an unstressable particle a/i > ei is regular. (Mfr), (Gzl) do not record EFU kei. Biggs records koi ~ kei alternation, due, perhaps to EUV contamination. It is quite likely that the EUV, EFU forms are TON borrowings. MAO exhibits the (almost) regular western dialect rule a/i > ei.

Pollex entries:

Language Reflex Description Source
East Futuna Kei Still, while, yet Phonologically Irregular (Bgs)
East Uvea Kei Encore Phonologically Irregular (Rch)
Easter Island Kai Negativising particle preposed to verbs; still, yet (Fts,Chl). Todavia (Fts)
New Zealand Maori Kei While, still (Western dialects) Problematic (Bgs)
New Zealand Maori Kai While, still (Eastern dialects) Problematic (Bgs)
Niuafoʔou Kei Still (Tmo)
Tongan Kei Still, i.e. continuing as before (Cwd)
Tongan Ge. Ge chi. Yet. Insufficient, i.e. yet a little. (Mar)
Tuvalu Kai Yet, ever (in interrogative or negative contexts) (Besnier 2000:486) (Bsr)
West Uvea Gai Adv préverbal marquant la continuité de l'action verbale (Hmn)

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