-pil

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See also: pil, PIL, Píl, and pił

Classical Nahuatl[edit]

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Suffix[edit]

-pīl ‎(plural -pipīl)

  1. (appended to nouns) a diminutive suffix; forms nouns denoting smallness.
Examples
  • coyōtl ‎(a coyote) → coyōpīl ‎(a small coyote)
  • ilama ‎(an elderly woman) → ilamapīl ‎(a crone)
  • pilli ‎(a child) → pilpīl ‎(a small child; a very young child)

Usage notes[edit]

  • The suffix undergoes short-vowel reduplication when pluralized, becoming -pipīl.
pilpīl ‎(a small child) → pīpilpipīl ‎(small children)

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References[edit]

  • Frances Karttunen (1992) An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl, University of Oklahoma Press, page 194