-ան

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See also: -ան- and ան-

Old Armenian[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Probably a contamination of the Iranian suffix *-ān(a)- with the Proto-Indo-European *-no-, *-nā- suffix added to the stem vowel *-ā/ə-.

Suffix[edit]

-ան (-an)

  1. found mainly in nouns
  2. instrument-suffix
    տոփանtopʿan — rammer
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From the Middle Iranian pluralization suffix *-ān, found in Parthian, Middle Persian and Modern Persian. Compare also -անի (-ani).

Suffix[edit]

-ան (-an)

  1. pluralization suffix
    իշանišan — donkeys
    ձիանjian — horses
Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • -ան” in Geworg J̌ahukyan (1998), Hin hayereni verǰacancʿneri cagumə [The Origin of Old Armenian Suffixes]. In Hayocʿ lezvi hamematakan kʿerakanutʿyan harcʿer [Questions of Comparative Grammar of the Armenian Language], Yerevan: Anania Shirakatsi