Diminutive reduplication indicates a small subject or a small object of the act or state. The diminutive prefix, ɬ-, indicates a small act or state.
The first consonant of the root is repeated as a prefix on the root. Any resonant consonants of the root are glottalized.
- t̕iš, sweet.
- tt̕iš, small and sweet.
- ɬtt̕iš, small and a little sweet.
As a morphological pattern the first plosive consonant of a plosive consonant pair is reduced to a regular consonant. In the example above the repeated t̕ is reduced to a regular t.
- cim, miniature.
- sccm̓elt, children
In this example the resonant consonant, m, is glottalized. As well, the subsequent suffix, -elt, retains its vowel thus eliminating the vowel from the root, cim.
- nič̓, cut.
- n̓in̓č̓, cut something small.
- ɬn̓in̓č̓, barely cut something small.
- ɬn̓in̓č̓mn, knife.
- x̌ʷolq̓ʷ, roll.
- x̌ʷox̌ʷl̕q̓ʷ, a small thing rolled.
- ɬuʕʷ, pierce, stab.
- ɬuɬʕʷ, pierce, stab a little thing.