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Terms relating to nationalities [Dec. 13th, 2009|02:49 pm]
Is There Something You Want to Say to the World?

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[Dusts off the table, shakes the dirt off the chair, cleans up the dustbunnies...]

Wow. Long time no post, eh? Well, I have a question that has been bugging me for months, if not years, and since I couldn't find the answer anywhere else, I figured I would ask here. What I want to know is that do they call words describe a nationality? Now, I'm not looking for demonyms here (like American, Japanese, Spaniard, etc.) That's not what I'm on about.

What I am specifically looking for are prefixes. For example: Sino-, Franco-, Russo-, Anglo-. I want to know more about these prefixes and if there are any others out there. I just can't figure out what the term is for prefixes like this and why there aren't more than four or five in use. Right now I'm in Japan studying the culture and the word "Japanophile" came up in class, but honestly, "Japano-" can't really be Japan's equivalent, can it?

Thanks for any help in advance.
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[User Picture]From: queenlyzard
2009-12-26 09:54 pm (UTC)
Interesting question! I'll see if I come across any more info for you...
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