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Adverbial compounds

Although many words in the stock of adverbs are complex, Frisian adverbial compounds are understudied, to say the least. An example of a complex adverb is follentiids many-SUFF-time-SUFF often. Such univerbations may also show adverbial affixes, here possibly the suffix -en and the suffix -s. Such univerbations do not seem to display a regular pattern. A possible exception is the combination of two adverbs, as in knaphandich well-skilful quite skilful. Such Adv-Adv-formations are dealt with in a separate topic. Some other more or less regular patterns consist of a combination with an adposition as second member. The first member of such compounds may be a noun or an adverb (often converted from an adjective).

It should be noted that compounds of two adpositions often, although not exclusively, act as adverbs as well.


The following patterns of adverbial compounds receive a more detailed treatment in the topics below:

  • For adverb plus adverb, see the topic AdvAdv

  • For adverb plus adpostion, see the topic AdvP

  • For noun plus adposition, see the topic NP.

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