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USAGE: Circumfixes

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Saturday, May 8, 2004, 21:00
How common are these in natlangs generally?  I know French has several;
in the traditional (written) grammar <ne>...<pas> is one, and in
the reanalyzed grammar of the spoken language, they're all over the
place in the verb conjugations (e.g.  the first- and second-person plural
markers /nu[z]/.../o~[z]/ and /vu[z]/.../e[z]/ in the present tense).
But I can't think of any examples offhand in other agglutinating

Contemplating using them in a conlang, but it's supposed to be a
naturalistic conlang, and wondering about realism.



Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Mark P. Line <mark@...>
Peter Bleackley <peter.bleackley@...>