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skyt-
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The prefix skyt- derives nouns from nouns, often diminutives. It has a strongly affective, disqualifying or diminishing function. An example is kerweikeodd job > skytkerweikevery odd job.

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[+] General properties

The prefix skyt- forms nouns on the basis of other nouns. It evaluates the base noun and so is, like rot-, disparaging and strongly affective. On top of that, it generally has a diminishing function. It is often added to diminutives. Because of this, the use of skyt- is more restricted than the use of rot-. Examples of prefix derivations with skyt- are listed below:

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Base form Derivation
eintsjesmall distance skyteintsjevery small distance
bytsjebit skytbytsjelittle bit
lytsbytsjelittle bit skytlytsbytsjetiny little bit
kerweikeodd job skytkerweikevery odd job
bedrachsum skytbedrachsmall sum
gonkjecalm pace skytgonkjevery calm pace
merakelmiracle skytmerakelsexcuses, rubbish
sleatsjesmall ditch skytsleatsjevery small ditch
The prefix is related to the verb skiteto shit or the related noun skytshit, and has therefore been grammaticalized to a prefixoid. Compare also English shit or German Scheiße. A synonym of skyt- is stront-.

[+] Phonological properties

The prefix is pronounced as [skit]. In derivations the stress is on the prefix, for example in SKYTgonkjevery calm pace.

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This topic is based on Hoekstra (1998:70).

References:
  • Hoekstra, Jarich1998Fryske wurdfoarmingLjouwertFryske Akademy
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