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 (hī-pŏk′ə-rĭz′əm, hī′pə-kôr′ĭz′əm)
1. A name of endearment; a pet name.
2. The use of such names.

[Late Latin hypocorisma, from Greek hupokorisma, from hupokorizesthai, to call by endearing names : hupo-, beneath, secretly; see hypo- + korizesthai, to caress (from koros, boy or korē, girl; see ker- in Indo-European roots).]

hy′po·co·ris′tic (hī′pə-kə-rĭs′tĭk) adj. & n.
hy′po·co·ris′ti·cal·ly adv.
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(ˌhaɪ pə kəˈrɪs tɪk)

1. endearing, as a pet name or diminutive.
2. a hypocoristic term; pet name or diminutive.
[1600–10; < Greek hypokoristikós, derivative of hypokorízesthai to call by endearing names =hypo- hypo- + kór(ē) girl, or kór(os) boy + -izesthai -ize; see -istic]
hy`po•co•ris′ti•cal•ly, adv.
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But "hypocoristics" isn't going to catch on, and "hippy" already means something else.
Prosodic shapes of partial reduplicants and truncata Prosodic shape of Prosodic shapes of material added via pure truncation partial reduplication (nonreduplicative) Bimoraic Mokilese (e.g., English nicknames (maximal) p[??]d-p[??]dok 'plant'; (e.g., Daniel syllable Harrison 1973; Blevins 1996 [right arrow] Dan) Bimoraic Manam (e.g., salaga-laga) Japanese loanword and foot compound clipping (e.g., 'personal computer' [right arrow] paso koN, Ito 1990) Disyllabic Fox (e.g., ki:hpoce:- Central Alaskan Yupik foot wa [right arrow] ki:hpo-ki: hypocoristics (e.g., hpoce:wa 'he eats his q[??]luqi:n [right arrow] fill'; Dahlstrom 1997: 217) q[??]luq (name); Weeda 1992: 163)
That these Vedic forms are not hypocoristics to compound names or denominatives to appellatives, but should rather be identified with the Iranian forms above and interpreted as patronymic or pro-patronymic formations or as patronymics/pro-patronymics that have come to be used as proper names (34) is made clear by RV bhrgavana-.
hari- 'golden', or hypocoristic to compound names like Ved.
It appears in recent borrowings, e.g.: ball [pal:] 'ball', galla(buxur) [kal:a] 'blue jeans', or in hypocoristics, e.g.: Palli [[p.sup.h]al:I], Valla [val:a].
A long lateral means that a combination of this sort is attached to two skeletal positions -- this is the representation for the phonetically long lateral in loans and hypocoristics. A reversal of the head-dependent relation between the two elements yields an unreleased [t] followed by [1], i.e.
Since Buni can be vocalized as Bunai ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]), it is a list of rhyming hypocoristics. This helps us to see how the list has been compiled.
Some consider synthetic diminutives in English non-existent, very few in number or not diminutives at all, but rather hypocoristics (cf.
This would be unified with the lexical description of the base to give a modified base, a possibility that seems to be independently required for hypocoristics and other cases of truncation.
335-37), proper names (including hypocoristics and titles [pp.
(6.) What we call "standard nominal truncation" includes Pineros's (2000a, 2000b) type A hypocoristics, that is to say, those hypocoristics in which the initial part of the word is preserved (Isabel > Isa, Fernando > Fernan).
Type A and type B hypocoristics represent two different degrees of emergence of the unmarked.