The Diminutive in Mennonite Low German


  • Vincent O. Erickson University of New Brunswick


The orthographic representation of the diminutive in Mennonite Low German is currently under discussion by Mennonite Low German writers. In this paper the diminutive in Low German is viewed diachronically and synchronically in Mennonite Low German and East Frisian Low German. A suggestion is offered that the form of the diminutive should reflect the underlying phonological structure of the language and not perceived notions of ethnic identity. For this reason /ke/ is suggested to be the best form to use.



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Erickson, V. O. (1990). The Diminutive in Mennonite Low German. Papers from the Annual Meetings of the Atlantic Provinces Linguistic Association (PAMAPLA) ACTES DES COLLOQUES ANNUELS DE L’ASSOCIATION DE LINGUISTIQUE DES PROVINCES ATLANTIQUES (ACAALPA)., 13, 177–190. Retrieved from

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