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Nominal prefixes

Only two lexical categories are available for deriving nouns by way of prefixation. The most important by far are nouns themselves; quite a number of prefixes are active with nouns, mainly in the realm of kinship terms (e.g. heit father > skoanheit father-in-law) and status (e.g. suster nurse > haadsuster senior nurse), but also in expressing negation, as in macht power > ûnmacht impotence.

The prefix ge- operates on a verbal base. Although this is the only prefix in this field, it is quite productive.


More details about the two available bases can be obtained by following the corresponding links: