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-brot
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The productive suffixoid-brot forms nouns with common gender from other nouns. The noun related to the suffix is brotmess. An example of a derivation ending in -brot is krantenewspaper > krantebrotnewspaper mess. The derivations always have a more or less collective element in them.

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The productive suffix -brot can be attached to nouns. The derivations have two features in common: (1) they are collective nouns and (2) they describe something messy. The table below gives some examples:


Table 1
Base form Derivation
krantenewspaper krantebrotnewspaper mess
reklameadvertisements reklamebrotadvertisement mess
sniesnow sniebrotsnow mess
kompjûtercomputer kompjûterbrotcomputer mess
sânsand sânbrotsand mess
kleanclothes kleanbrotclothes mess
houtwood houtbrotwood mess

-Brot is a suffixoid: as a suffix, it grammaticalized from the noun brotmess. It also kept the common gender of this noun. The word sânsand for instance is neuter, while sânbrotsand mess is a common noun.

-Brot is not the only suffix that forms collective nouns. Comparable suffixes are:

  • -boel: hokshed > hokkeboelsheds;
  • -brol: papierpaper > papierbrolpapers;
  • -dom: minskhuman > minskdomhumanity;
  • -emint: kaakjaw > kakemintthe lower and upper jaw;
  • -guod: fûgelbird > fûgelguodbirds;
  • -heid: minskhuman being > minskheidhumanity;
  • -spul: bistanimal > bistespulanimals;
  • -wurk: skonkleg > skonkwurklegs.

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