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What is a discontinuous morpheme?



A discontinuous morpheme is a morpheme that is interrupted by the insertion of another morphological unit.

Examples (Philippines)
  • A root containing an infix from Tagalog (Philippines):

    bili: root ‘buy’

    -um- : infix ‘AGT’

    bumili: word ‘bought’

  • A circumfix surrounding a root from Tuwali Ifugao (Philippines):

    baddang: root ‘help’v.

    ka--an: circumfix ‘NOMR’

    kabaddangan: word ‘helpfulness’

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