Menscheln, kibbelen, sparkle: Verbal diminutives between grammar and lexicon

  title={Menscheln, kibbelen, sparkle: Verbal diminutives between grammar and lexicon},
  author={Jenny Audring and Geert Booij and Ray Jackendoff},
  journal={Linguistics in The Netherlands},
German, Dutch and English have surprisingly large sets of verbal diminutives: verbs ending in -el/-le and carrying an attenuative and/or iterative meaning. These verbs exhibit particular properties that make them interesting for morphological theory. Focussing on Dutch data, this paper sketches the challenges that arise with respect to structure, productivity and meaning, and proposes a constructionist account that allows for a better understanding of the issues. The central notion is the… 
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