Lexicalized Diminutives in the Transylvanian Hungarian Historical Dictionary

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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’.

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