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Re: infix

From:dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Monday, March 26, 2001, 20:27
On Mon, 26 Mar 2001, Patrick Dunn wrote:

> On Mon, 26 Mar 2001, Frank George Valoczy wrote: > > > Just curious after having watched Snatch (I had of my fav films > > thus far was Lock Stock and two Smoking Barrels), are the constructions > > > > absofuckinglutely > > > > and > > > > confuckingfounded > > > > examples of infixing? > > Yup. The only infix in English (except for -bloody- in British English). > Absolfuckinglutely is the classic example. > > One of my office mates was a linguist (yeah, I'm just a lowly literature > person) and he showed me an article analyzing -fucking- as an infix. I > wish I could remember the author.
There was a volume entitled "Studies in Left Field" which has an expletive infixation article. The phenomenon found its way into the serious literature in a 1982 article by John McCarthy which appeared in the journal _Language_. Mike Hammond also uses the data to motivate the foot in the phonological description of English. See his 1991 article "Poetic Meter and the Arboreal Grid" (also in _Language_) and his chapter in the 1997 Optimality Theory volume edited by Diana Archangeli and Terry Langedoen (published by Blackwell, IIRC). Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga "The strong craving for a simple formula has been the undoing of linguists." - Edward Sapir


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