Noun stems with one element
Many noun stems cannot be broken down down into identifiable components. They seem to have only one element in the stem.
Noun stems with two elements
Some simple noun stems can be broken down into two elements: an initial and a final. In this example, the final -waapiskw means metal or stone.
When identifying the parts of a noun, it is sometimes difficult to determine if one of the parts can also be a stem (is it secondary derivation or composition?).