Use of Diminutives in Colombian Children’s Narratives. Linda Votruba New York University. Acknowledgements. Dr. Gigliana Melzi Dr. Camila Fernández Members of the Child Language Research Team, especially Joy Kennedy. . Why are Diminutives Important?.
Linda VotrubaNew York University
English: dog dogg-y
Spanish: perro perr-ito
a) facilitating child language acquisition,
b) promoting intimacy, attachment, and personal involvement,
c) regularizing stress and increasing word-ending invariance in languages such as Russian and Spanish.
Two specific research questions guided the present
Did the target word appear only in diminutized form throughout the conversation, or both as a diminutized and simplex form word?
Was the target word a noun (e.g., ranita), an adjective (e.g., azulita), or an adverb (e.g., rapidito)?