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What is an infix?



An infix is an affix that is inserted within a root. or stem.

Example: Philippines (Tagalog)

The focus marker -um- is a infix which is added after the first consonant of the root.

  • bili: root ‘buy’
  • -um-: infix ‘AGT’
  • bumili: word ‘bought’
  • Example (Chickasaw)

    In verb roots, a glottal stop is inserted to form a negative.

    Example (English)

    bloomin of abso-bloomin-lutely

      An infix is a kind of
    See also

    Crystal 1980 184


    Hartmann and Stork 1972 111


    Anderson, S. 1985 166

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