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Diminutives?

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Does Norwegian have any diminutive suffixes like the Dutch -*je, or a structure to convey the same meaning?

For example in Dutch you could say "een kleine boom" (a small tree), or "een hele kleine boom" (a very small tree), but you could also say "een heel klein boompje", where the -pje suffix conveys that is is an even smaller tree.

3 years ago

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Luke_5.1991
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The closest thing that I can think of would be the prefix "lille-", but the only words that come to my head immediately are "lillebjørn," "lillehjerne," and "Lilleasia," which are, respectively, "little bear," "cerebellum," and "Asia Minor." As someone who tries to read at least some Norwegian every day, I rarely see it used.

3 years ago

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I think små- is maybe a more common "diminutive", it is used in words like "småbarn", "småpenger" and "smågodt". But it's not a very productive prefix, I think it will sound strange if you add it to most words.

3 years ago

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I'd say we don't. There are those affixes mentioned by these two gentlemen, but I believe they aren't as dynamic as the Dutch -je or the German -chen.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Digyo_Monotron

Ow, it seems to be a very straightforward thing in Norwegian...

Any ideas how can you build the diminutive of a given Norwegian female name? (an example would be great). It´s for homework haha ´:D

Thx, Digyo

10 months ago