Pejorative Marker

lh- or -lh or -lh-


bad (intentionally) <infix> The pejorative element “lh” can always be added to a word to give it a negative connotation, so long as it precedes or follows a vowel and does not violate the rules of the Laadan sound system by creating a forbidden cluster. The addition of “lh” need not create an actual new word; for example, “awith ” means “baby”-to use instead “lhawith” (or awithelh”) means only something like “the darned baby” and is ordinarily a temporary addition. But it is very handy indeed. We are indebted to the Navajo language for this device.