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Deminutīvu darināšana un lietvārdu deklinācijas
Derivation of diminutives and nouns declensions

Author(s): Inta Urbanoviča
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology, Morphology, Lexis, Semantics, Baltic Languages
Published by: Latvijas Universitātes Akadēmiskais apgāds
Keywords: deklinācija; deminutīvs; neregulārs atvasinājums; valodas kultūra;

Summary/Abstract: The current article is devoted to the derivation of diminutives from the view of Language culture field. The norms of Latvian Standard require that the diminutive goes to declension determined by motivation noun (1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th declensions). There are two very productive diminutive suffixes -iņ- and -īt- that dominate in the derivation of diminutives, and both of them are used in making irregular diminutives. Some irregular diminutives have taken over the regular derivatives, while others may be used for stylistic purposes in order to highlight the connotational information of diminutive. Several irregular diminutives are used as terms. Only irregular diminutives, the use of which is neither semantically nor stylistically conditioned, are considered to be non-standard in the Latvian.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 146-159
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Latvian