affixation

NOUN
  1. formation of a word by means of an affix
  2. the act of attaching or affixing something
  3. the result of adding an affix to a root word
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How To Use affixation In A Sentence

  • Root and pattern affixation is considered nonlinear since neither of the two morphological components appears in continuous form; rather, they are interdigitated within each other.
  • If affixation means forming a word by adding an affix (e.g. frosty from frost, refusal from refuse, instrumentation from instrument), then back-formation is essentially this process in reverse: it adapts an existing word by removing its affix, usually a suffix (e.g. sulk from sulky, proliferate from proliferation, back-form from back-formation). Back-forming back-formations
  • In fact, this method (zero-affixation) of forming nouns from verbs used to be quite commonplace. 2009 July « Motivated Grammar
  • In summary, their “results suggest that, in the absence of training, cotton-top tamarins learn a rule that is formally similar to affixation patterns [...] in natural language.” 2009 July « Motivated Grammar
  • That is, the traditional concept of witnessing the affixation of a traditional signature reduces the incidence of forged signatures.
  • Maybe the governance had passed away from affixation from her obsession with gasoline. Nevertheless The Plan Was Not Implemented
  • [...] nonhuman animals may have the capacity to learn surface transformations involved in affixation, but they cannot link them to other aspects of linguistic structure. “Quotes” and monkey grammar at the BBC « Motivated Grammar
  • SHIFT (6) Afrophile adj. decorative aposelene projectual diplotene, aposelenium psychedelicize, adj. biotron v. dirty quadriphony quadriphonics dustoff reticulosis punch-up technopolis quantized, skim INITIAL AFFIXATIONS (20) adj. VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XV No 1
  • When I wrote that back-formation was “essentially [affixation] in reverse”, I was simplifying matters somewhat. Back-forming back-formations
  • SHIFT (6) Afrophile adj. decorative aposelene projectual diplotene, aposelenium psychedelicize, adj. biotron v. dirty quadriphony quadriphonics dustoff reticulosis punch-up technopolis quantized, skim INITIAL AFFIXATIONS (20) adj. VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XV No 1
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