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North Caucasian etymology :

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Proto-North Caucasian: *š_i
Meaning: an interrogative pronoun
Proto-Avaro-Andian: *š:V
Proto-Tsezian: *š:i- (~š-)
Proto-Lak: š:i-
Proto-Lezghian: *š:i
Proto-West Caucasian: *š́ǝ (~ *š́:-)
Notes: A common NC interrogative stem. It is used mostly for animated (more rarely - for unanimated) objects in EC languages, but has become an interrogative modifier in PWC (PAT). See Trubetzkoy 1930, 274.

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