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-DIM (diminutive)

Only two two pronouns can be used as a base for the diminutive suffix -DIM in order to derive a noun. These are hij he > hijke male lapwing and sij she > sijke female lapwing. As can be seen, the result can only refer to lapwings. Both derivations have neuter gender.


More information can be found in the treatment of the core case of diminutive formation, i.e. in the realm of (count) nouns, and especially in the section on a pronoun as base. Note that the possibility of an alternative analysis is left open there, in which case we would not have a pronominal but rather a nominal base.

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