The problem of new word coinage is not because of
language components (affixes) although Persian has one
of the most productive word formation systems. The
problem for making new words in our language is lack
of simple verbs (as quoted by Dr. Bateni). We have
roughly 340 simple verbs 110 of which is active only.
We normally make compound verbs.
Contrary to Persian, Arabic has the most nonproductive
new word formation systems (but enriched semantics).
e.g. the beautiful word "nAtarAvAyi" in Persian
(impenetrability) has its equivalent in Arabic as a
sentence "lA emkAna qAbeliyat attarashoh". The affixes
in Persian are the most powerful components in our
If you are interested to know the problem you can read
the article "FArsi zabAni aqim?" by Dr. BAteni.
He is a genius who wrote about these problems 40 years

--- Behdad Esfahbod <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> On Sat, 4 Oct 2003, Skip Tavakkolian wrote:
> > > "vaaset" is so common.  The problem should be
> kind of Arabic vs
> > > Ferdowsi. ;)
> >
> > I find this discussion very educational.  Isn't
> this problem easier to
> > handle in Arabic than in Farsi?  From my limited
> knowledge of Arabic,
> > it seem that, because Arabic's diction and
> vocabulary are in harmony
> > with its grammar, inventing new words are a matter
> of straight forward
> > application of existing rules; that is also
> exactly the reason why it is
> > hard in Farsi.
> Exactly, and that's why I don't like these using
> suffixes for any
> random meaning.
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