Re: "discontinuous affixes"
|From:||David G. Durand <dgd@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, May 11, 1999, 23:16|
Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> wrote:
>> David G. Durand <dgd@...> wrote:
>> > A discontinuous affix would be a pair, like To- -na. Applied to the word
>> > vriktna, you would get the _two_ morphome word:
>> > to-vriktna-na
>> I'd call that a circumphix, is there any difference?
>I'd say that a circumflex is a *type* of discontinuous affix, just as a
>prefix is a type of affix. A discontinuous affix could also involve
>infixes, say -ta-...-ki-, or even prefixes, say na-...la- (that is,
>another prefix goes between the two parts).
I agree. I did say somethin cryptic farther down, to try to cover these cases:
>You could also have prefix/infix pairs, or infix/suffix pairs.
of course I missed infix/infix pairs. What I was wondering is whether you
should analyze semitic vowel changing systems as discontinuous affixes (or
metrical process phonemes), and whether you could have an "affix pair"
doing something really odd, like:
reduplicate the first syllable, and insert the infix -ta- as appropriate.
so then vriktna, would become vrivriktatna
It seems to me that this pushes the boundaries a bit...
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