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Greek diminutives – Υποκοριστικά

April 4, 2010

There are many diminutive endings in Modern Greek . The most common are  -άκι, -άκος , -ίτσα , -ούδι, -ούλα, -ούλης, -όπουλο, -αράκι, -ουδάκι , -ίδιο και -ίσκος.  Let just see how it works (the Latin letter shows the gender of the produced word) :

-άκι αρνί > αρνάκι   n

-άκος γέρος > γεράκος  m

-ίτσα κλωστή > κλωστίτσα  f

-ούδι άγγελος > αγγελούδι     n

-ούλα κόρη > κορούλα         f

-ούλης παππούς> παππούλης m

-όπουλο βοσκός > βοσκόπουλο ή   βοσκοπούλα f

-αράκι φύλλο > φυλλαράκι  n

-ουδάκι χωριό > χωριουδάκι n

-ίδιο κράτος > κρατίδιο     n

-ίσκος αστέρι > αστερίσκος m

The diminutives in Greek, like in other European languages , present themselves  as something small of that which the word means in the first place. We use them also quite a lot with the forenames , like :

Αντώνης > Αντωνάκης

Ελένη > Ελενίτσα

Αγγελική > Αγγελικούλα ….and so on

These are nouns produced from other original nouns , so it is possible also to produce diminutives from other diminutives.

But this is  a topic for my next post , where  I also will examine augmentatives  and other rules of producing nouns.

Σήμερα είναι Πάσχα και ο κόσμος εδώ γιορτάζει / Today is Easter Day and people here in Greece are celebrating.

Easter celebrations in Greece

Source: Wikimedia Commons, by Geomanjo under Creative Commons License


2 Comments leave one →
  1. δμ3κ permalink
    April 7, 2010 10:46 pm

    And I think it’s great to blog about linguistics. I’m really interested in this kind of stuff.
    Glavkos from lang-8 I guess?

  2. April 8, 2010 6:35 am

    Yep, you guessed right 🙂
    I am very glad that you liked it and thanks a lot for your good words!!

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