Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Noun Diminutive Forms

In English diminutive suffixes can be found. These are morphemes with convey a meaning of smallness or endearment or both. They are the following : -ie, -I, -y : as in auntie, betty, sweetie, willy
-ette : as in dinette, towelette
-kin,-ikin,-kins : as in lambkin, manikin
-ling : as in duckling, darling
-et : as in circlet
-let : as in booklet, starlet

The vowels of these diminutive suffixes are three front vowels :/i/, /i/ and /³/.
The first suffixe pronounced /i/ and spelled –ie.-i and –y, is highly productive. It is frequently attached to one syllable first names to suggest endearment and intimacy or smallness as in Johny, janey, Jackie and geri. Similarly it is attached to common nouns as an doggie, sweetie, birdie.

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