Definitionto move by stepping onto a surface, from verb aytana
Sensory ModalityMOVEMENT > Haptic
Transcriptionuɾma muɾu tɕaŋgaŋ ajtə ajtə ajtə, mana voltijaɾinata uɕaɕa
TranslationAs it falls (backward), its colorful legs will appear (and it will try) to step, step, step, (but) it will not be able to turn itself upright.
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Video 1 Luisa Cadena is taking a break from telling a lengthy traditional narrative to Tod Swanson and Janis Nuckolls about how animals got their markings and colors. At this point in the session, she makes a joke about what she would look like if she accidentally fell backwards in her chair, and she immediately thinks to compare herself to a frog with colorful legs, called a tulumba. She then describes how it would step wildly, flailing its legs in the air in its attempts to step onto a firm surface. The frog's difficulty in regaining its upright position is due to its extremely fleshy, fatty body.

Nuckolls, Janis and Tod Swanson. 2024. ayta. The Quechua Ideophonic Dictionary. Online: https://quechuarealwords.byu.edu/?ideophone=ayta.