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In Iron and Digor Ossetic (Eastern Iranian, The Central Caucasus) word-formation patterns are different for nouns and verbs. For nouns, the dominant strategies are compounding and suffixation. The boundary between compounds and noun phrases is not very clear. Denominal verbs are formed by compounding with light verbs, most frequently 'to do' and 'to be', whereas deverbal verbs are mostly formed by prefixation. Given that virtually all Ossetians are bilingual, borrowing from Russian has largely replaced the formation of new words on an Ossetic basis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWord-Formation
Subtitle of host publicationAn International Handbook of the Languages of Europe
Publisherde Gruyter
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783110424942
ISBN (Print)9783110430943
StatePublished - 7 Mar 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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