Lead researcher Mitsuhiko Ota said, "Our findings suggest that diminutives and reduplication, which are frequently found in baby talk words - across many different languages - can facilitate the early stage of vocabulary development."
They found that infants who heard a higher proportion of diminutive words and words with repeated syllables developed their language more quickly between nine and 21 months.
meaning which diminutives can also express optional?
* Do all meanings which can be expressed by diminutives belong to one and the same conceptual space of metonymically linked assessments?
Semantic analyses of diminutives usually take as their starting point the meaning of 'small', or 'small in size' (see Jurafsky 1996, Taylor 2003).
Furthermore, whereas nominal diminutives are relatively well described in many languages, little attention has been given to diminutive verbs so far (3).
As for the formation of diminutives
, the most productive suffix is certainly - ie; other Scots diminutive
suffixes, such as -ock, -kin and -ag do not seem to occur in SSE.
The purpose of the present paper, then, is to demonstrate that diminutive
formation may be accounted for without recourse to highly abstract underlying representations, rules, or constraints, but by analogy to other fully specified pairs of bases and their corresponding diminutives
in the mental lexicon.
Much is made of Belleau's "ubiquitous diminutives
and present participles whose superabundance Weber describes caustically as 'la deformation mignarde'" (244).
She is also an exquisite dancer who can warm and fill the diminutives
of baroque style.
To this end the paper is structured as follows: in part two the nature of evaluation in language and the role of morphological means in the process are discussed; part three reviews the possibility of widening the category beyond traditional gradation, diminution and augmentation; part four touches upon the prototypical features of evaluative meanings of diminutives
and augmentatives in Bulgarian; part five raises a few relevant discussion points and in part six a few conclusions and venues for further research are outlined.
Moreover, he identifies two perspectives of evaluative morphology: the objective/descriptive or quantitative perspective, represented by diminutives
and augmentatives (i.e.
In previous studies of diminutives
and interjections, DIs have received little attention.
The markers which morphologically encode these distinctions are labelled diminutives
(= smaller size), augmentatives (= bigger size), appreciatives (= something is good), depreciatives (= something is bad).
The truth about diminutives
is not easily found, given the specific nature of this phenomenon.