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EtymologyEdit

From Old Armenian -ութիւն (-utʿiwn).

PronunciationEdit

SuffixEdit

-ություն (-utʿyun)

  1. Forms numerous abstract and collective nouns; -ity, -ness, -dom, -hood, -y.
    լուրջ (lurǰ)serious
    լրջություն (lrǰutʿyun)seriousness
    ահաբեկիչ (ahabekičʿ)terrorist
    ահաբեկչություն (ahabekčʿutʿyun)terrorism
    մտավորական (mtavorakan)intellectual
    մտավորականություն (mtavorakanutʿyun)intelligentsia

Usage notesEdit

  • This suffix is very productive.
  • The pronunciation [uˈtʰʲun] arose under the influence of Russian, [tʰ] becoming palatalized before a vowel/diphthong. According to Dum-Tragut, it is a typical feature of colloquial Armenian, and is also regarded as highly conventional and as being used in public, journalistic language.

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ReferencesEdit

  • Dum-Tragut, Jasmine (2009) Armenian: Modern Eastern Armenian (London Oriental and African Language Library; 14), Amsterdam, Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, page 29