diminutive

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a word that is formed with a suffix (such as -let or -kin) to indicate smallness

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For instance, the very productive diminutive suffix of Dutch attaches basically to nouns, but is also used with verbal and adjectival bases, and even with adverbs.
However, this extended use of the diminutive suffix does not apply as productively to non-nouns as it does to nouns, that is, there is clearly a violation of a (soft) constraint on the syntactic category of the base involved.
However, the purpose of the present study is not to investigate their semantic traits, but rather to account for the allomorphy of the diminutive suffix.
Under these conditions, the AML algorithm assigned the wrong diminutive suffix to only 198 items, resulting in a success rate of 92%.
The doublets demonstrated this, in that errors on one member of the doublet almost always entailed assigning it the diminutive suffix of the other member.