The Diminutive Suffix -uț / -uță in the Romanian Language Cover Image

Sufixul diminutival -uţ ⁄ -uţă în limba română
The Diminutive Suffix -uț / -uță in the Romanian Language

Author(s): Gabriela Serban
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Editura Universităţii de Vest din Timişoara
Keywords: word formation; diminutive suffixes originating from Latin in Romanian

Summary/Abstract: In this article we wish to present a monographic study on one of the most frequently used diminutive suffixes in the Romanian language, namely -uț / -uță, inherited from the Latin -uceus / -ucea. According to the views on the Latin origin of this suffix, we have taken up the morphological value of the derivative words formed with -uț / -uță and of the themes with which the suffix combines. Diminutive suffixes do not change the grammatical category of the themes, but several derivatives diverge from this rule. Their number is low. Most of the derivatives have developed feminine forms, which constitute the richest category of derivatives of this suffix. Next, on the basis of the material offered by the DEX, we have taken into consideration the origin of themes from which the derivatives of the suffix -ut / -uta are formed and we have drawn conclusions as regards the suffix productivity.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 51-52
  • Page Range: 27-31
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Romanian