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.
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) <--
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
Atho at times the borderline between affixes & adpositions (and clitics)
may be fuzzy, IMO it is unhelpful to confuse affixes and adpositions.
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