LINGUIST List 13.718

Sat Mar 16 2002

Qs: Derivational Suffixes, NP Constructions/Arabic

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  1. Hudson, Richard, Derivational Suffixes List
  2. Joost Kremers, NP constructions in Arabic

Message 1: Derivational Suffixes List

Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 15:25:22 +0100
From: Hudson, Richard <>
Subject: Derivational Suffixes List

Hi there,

I am trying to locate a reliable and reasonably exhaustive list
of English derivational suffixes together with information for each
suffix about the permitted wordclass(es) of the derivand and

I would be extremely grateful for any tips.


Richard Hudson


Richard Hudson
Computer Linguist / Software Developer

Definiens AG
Trappentreustr. 1; 80339 Munich Germany
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Message 2: NP constructions in Arabic

Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2002 20:12:30 +0100
From: Joost Kremers <>
Subject: NP constructions in Arabic

Hello list,

I am currently working on noun-phrase constructions in Arabic, and i
have started looking at structures such as the following, where an
adjective is modified by a genitive noun:

(1) (rajulun) Tawiilu -l-qaamati
 (man.Nom) tall.Nom the-stature.Gen
 `(a man,) tall of stature'

This particular example is perhaps rather awkward in English, but
similar constructions do exist: e.g. "free of charge".

I have been trying to find studies, papers etc. that deal with these
kinds of structures from a syntactic or semantic point of view, but I
haven't been able to find much. If anyone of you should know of such
studies, I would appreciate if you would let me know. I can be
reached via e-mail at or

Thanks in advance,

Joost Kremers

Joost Kremers

University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Department of Arabic and Islam

PO Box 9103
6500HD Nijmegen, The Netherlands
+31 24 3612996
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