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See also: ան- and -ան

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ArmenianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Armenian -ան- (-an-); see below.

SuffixEdit

-ան- (-an-)

  1. forming inchoative verbs
    մեծանալmecanalto become big
    խելոքանալxelokʿanalto become wise

Derived termsEdit



Old ArmenianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Cognate with Ancient Greek -αν- (-an-), which was often added simultaneously with a nasal infix, e.g. λιμπάνω (limpánō, to be absent).

SuffixEdit

-ան- (-an-)

  1. present stem extension found in certain verbs
  2. forming inchoative verbs
    չորանամčʿoranamto grow dry

Usage notesEdit

A very productive suffix. Often used to remake already-existing verbs, as in անիծանեմ (anicanem), հարցանեմ (harcʿanem), լքանեմ (lkʿanem).

Derived termsEdit


DescendantsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Fortson, Benjamin W. (2010) Indo-European Language and Culture: An Introduction, second edition, Oxford: Blackwell, page 391