THEORETICAL PRINCIPLES OF RESEARCHING DIMINUTIVE

E.Ye. Mintsys, Yu.B. Mintsys

Abstract


The article presents a survey of the diminutive-related researches and considers diminutive on all the language levels (morphological, lexical and syntactical). It analyzes the principal theories of the development of diminutive’s semantics and draws a distinction line between “smallness” and “diminutive”. Diminutive is viewed versus augmentative and is presented as a conceptual category, a system of semantic criteria which collectively denote diminution of objective characteristics of an object.

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