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Re: THEORY: frozen? was: Re: [CHAT] (Hawaiian) Words for "boredom"

From:Roger Mills <romilly@...>
Date:Thursday, June 20, 2002, 3:43
Pablo Flores wrote:

>What's a frozen prefix? >
a prefix (or any element for that matter) that is known (from comparative evidence) to have been a separable morpheme, but which in some language(s) has ceased to be productive but remains permanently attached ("frozen", also called "fossilized") to a form. Thus what was once a transparently bi- or poly-morphemic form becomes mono-morphemic. Other good examples-- all those Arabic words in Span. that begin with al-. (Hi Pablo, good to have you back.)