Why "leerlingetje" but not "leerlinkje"?

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Why "leerlingetje" but not "leerlinkje"?

Post by radamfi » Sun Jan 11, 2015 12:40 pm

Most nouns ending in "ing" have a diminutive ending in "kje", for example "leninkje", "leidinkje". So why is the diminutive of "leerling" not "leerlinkje" but "leerlingetje"?

Also why "lievelingetje" not "lievelinkje"?

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Re: Why "leerlingetje" but not "leerlinkje"?

Post by ngonyama » Tue Jan 13, 2015 4:20 am

Many words that have an -ing ending and have the stress on the syllable before that ending have -kje

vergróting - vergrótinkje
vertóning - vertóninkje

But if the stress falls earlier this is often not the case

veróvering - veróveringetje

For leerling I am not sure, but I think it comes from the fact that the ending is not -ing but -ling. Most of those words have an earlier stressed syllable like

volgeling - volgelingetje

but some do not and have -ingetje
zaailing - zaailingetje

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