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What is an inflectional affix?

 

Definition
 

An inflectional affix is an affix that

 
  • expresses a grammatical contrast that is obligatory for its stem's word class in some given grammatical context
  • does not change the word class of its stem
  • is typically located farther from its root than a derivational affix, and
  • produces a predictable, nonidiosyncratic change of meaning.
Examples (English)
 

Here are some examples of grammatical categories that are expressed by inflectional affixes:

 
Generic
  An inflectional affix is a kind of
 
See also
 
Sources
 

Crystal 1980 184

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 112

 

Mish 1991 620

 

Bybee 1985 2, 99


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