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Lexicalized Diminutives in the Transylvanian Hungarian Historical Dictionary
Lexicalized Diminutives in the Transylvanian Hungarian Historical Dictionary

Author(s): Borbála Zsemlyei
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Scientia
Keywords: Transylvanian Hungarian Historical Dictionary; diminutive suffixes; lexicalized derivatives

Summary/Abstract: The analysis of nouns which take a -ka morpheme but their meaning has nothing to do with the idea of smallness, not even from a historical perspective, can be problematic, and that is why one is faced with the possibility that this formant (due to the influence of a foreign language) is simply a noun suffix and is in no connection with the diminutive – it is only its homonym. The present paper deals with those entry words of the Transylvanian Hungarian Historical Dictionary which have a diminutive suffix in their structure, however the meaning of the derivative does not include the element ‘small/little’.

  • Issue Year: 10/2018
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 179-186
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: English