chapter  22
Noun formation and augmentative/diminutive processes
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This section addresses various processes used to create new nouns from other nouns or types of words. These processes use suffixes, prefixes, and the combination of two different words.

22.1. Noun creation from verbs using suffixes In addition to the adjective formation, the suffix -vu/-fu seen in 21.3 is also used to produce nouns from verbs. However, this process is relatively rare as far as noun creation is concerned. Examples of nouns derived from verbs using the suffix -vu/-fu are given in (1). As shown in (1c), the variant -ifu is used after a nasal consonant, similar to what we have seen with adjectives (21.3). In the following lists, plural forms or noun classes that do not follow common patterns are systematically noted.