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Diminutives (jara: Re: Pro-drop)

From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Sunday, February 16, 2003, 18:47
 --- Dan Sulani skrzypszy:

> Re: diminutives: The ones I am familiar with are: -le, (Channa > > Channale) and -ke (Shlomo [Solomon]> Slomke) both AFAIK to Hebrew via > Yiddish. Where Yiddish got them from I don't know.
Well, "-ke" is distinctly Germanic. Cf. German "-chen", Dutch "-je", Flemish "-ke".
> There is also the older -chik which I don't hear anymore. This, I think, > is also from Yiddish. Originally from a Slavic lang?
I think so. My guess is from Russian rather than from Polish. Jan ===== "Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts