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-brol
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The productive suffixoid-brol forms nouns with common gender from other nouns. The noun related to the suffix is brolmess. An example of a derivation ending in -brol is papierpaper > papierbrolpaper mess. The derivations always have a more or less collective element in them.

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[+] General properties

The suffix -brol can be attached to nouns. The derivations have two features in common: (1) they are collective nouns and (2) they describe something messy. The table below provides some examples:

Table 1
Base form Derivation
boekbook boekebrolbook mess
papierpaper papierbrolpaper mess
kompjûtercomputer kompjûterbrolcomputer mess
snoerwire snoerebrolwire mess
stâlestem stâlebrolstem mess
-Brol is a suffixoid: as a suffix it grammaticalized from the noun brolmess. It also kept the common gender of this noun. The word papierpaper for instance is neuter, while papierbrolpaper mess is common.

[+] Linking

In some derivations the linking element [ə] has been inserted. An example is snoerwire > snoerebrolwire mess.

[+] More suffixes that form collective nouns

-Brol is not the only suffix that forms collective nouns. Comparable suffixes are:

  • -boel: hokshed > hokkeboelsheds;
  • -brot: krantnewspaper > krantebrotnewspapers;
  • -dom: minskhuman > minskdomhumanity;
  • -emint: kaakjaw > kakemintthe lower and upper jaw;
  • -guod: fûgelbird > fûgelguodbirds;
  • -heid: minskhuman being > minskheidhumanity;
  • -spul: bistanimal > bistespulanimals;
  • -wurk: skonkleg > skonkwurklegs.

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