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Re: terminology: prepositions, postpositions, and...

From:R A Brown <ray@...>
Date:Sunday, November 4, 2007, 7:50
Michael Poxon wrote:
> Yes, that diminutive -ul- (as in "Ursula") always struck me as an infix. > Mike
Not according to the standard definition of an infix: "An affix which occupies a position in which it interrupts another single morpheme." In the example above -ul- comes between two morphemes urs- (bear) and -a (feminine suffix). To be an infix it would have to come within the morpheme urs- (say, *uruls- ) as, e.g. -n- in tang-ere (to touch) <-- root *tag-. But if you read my comment below carefully and refer back to the thread on this subject earlier this year, you will see that I specifically mention _inposition_ (i.e. an adposition which interrupts a noun phrase, e.g. magna cum laude = with great praise).
> Yep - which means, as I pointed out more than once in the recent thread > on the same subject, this means that Classical Latin had inpositions. > But AFAIK no grammar will say so. Instead it merely draws attention to > the usual placement of prepositions in certain phrases or by certain > authors.
Atho at times the borderline between affixes & adpositions (and clitics) may be fuzzy, IMO it is unhelpful to confuse affixes and adpositions. -- Ray ================================== ================================== Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitudinem.