MAIMUNA A ISMAIL
Diminutive basically indicates the small size of persons, places or objects, or to belittle the size of something or object referred to. This paper examines possible processes (Reduplication and Attenuation) and lexical items that denote diminutive in the Hausa language. A part from diminutive marker (dan, ‘yan) and the ten (10) diminutive adjectives (dibi-dibi, digigi, fititi, kili-kili, minini, mitsitsi, siriri, tsigigi, yisi-yisi and ziriri) cited in Newman 2000, and Yakasai 2006, however, there are yet a lot of other adjectives, ideophones, adverbs, abstract noun of sensory quality (ANSQ) that undergo different processes in diminutizing objects or persons in Hausa.
DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICSBAYERO UNIVERSITY, KANO