# Noun Stems

A noun stem is the core part of a noun that carries the basic meaning of the word. The singular form of a noun is considered to be its stem. Prefixes and/or suffixes, called inflections, can be added to this stem.

 inflectional prefixes + NOUN STEM + inflectional suffixes (noun endings)

Some noun stems are special: when the suffixes or prefixes attach to them some changes take place. In the Northern dialect, the changes affect:

(For the notation used in these tables, see Noun Paradigms.)