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Kiam la iĉisma sistemo estis verkita, kial ili elektis -iĉ- por la virgenra sufikso? Ĉu tio havas iun originon de iu nacia lingvo?

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It was formed by analogy from words like panjo and paĉjo.

  • -njo -> -in-
  • -ĉjo -> -iĉ-

According to Vilborg, -in- is a germanic suffix, while -ĉjo and -njo are Russian. In Russian, the male suffix consonant is ŝ and for whatever reason, was changed to ĉ in Esperanto.

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  • I guess this now begs the question "why did Zamenhof choose -ĉjo- for the masculine diminuitive" :) – Neil Roberts Sep 29 '16 at 20:00
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    Information added as requested. – Tomaso Alexander Sep 30 '16 at 1:13
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    Shouldn't it be -njo → -in-? – marcus Sep 30 '16 at 3:02
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    La demando estas en Esperanto. Do, la respondoj ankaŭ devas esti en Esperanto. – Lyubomir Vasilev Sep 30 '16 at 6:22
  • Marcus - yes, it should be. I think that's how I wrote it initially but messed it up when adding the info from Vilborg. As far as posting language, I will check the meta board for the guidelines. Thanks for the heads up. – Tomaso Alexander Sep 30 '16 at 11:52

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