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Re: infix

From:Dan Seriff <microtonal@...>
Date:Wednesday, March 21, 2001, 19:18
> Mefistofeles wrote: > > Hi. > I was wondering about the use of infix in languages. Prefix and suffix > are common in western languages, but I do not understand the use of > infix. Is it in German when you change a to ä is that an infix or > could you give me an example of infix being used in a natural > languages?
The German vowel changes are not infixion, but ablaut, which is very common in IE langs. English sets like 'sing, sang, sung' (as well as German ones like 'denken, dachte, gedacht') and other strong verbs are surviving examples of Proto-IE verbal inflections. Finnish and Hungarian do quite a bit of infixion to do things like complex verb tenses and whatnot. I can't give you any specific examples, because my knowledge of Finno-Ugric langs is sketchy at best. There are some other list members who can give you real examples. For some really crazy infixion and agglutination, check out the Inuit langs.
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