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What is a productive affix?

 

Definition
 

A productive affix is a derivational affix that is currently used in the derivation of new words.

Example (English)
 
  • The prefix non- is a productive affix, as demonstrated in the following new coinage:
  • the only non-upended chair in the ransacked room
  • Generic
      A productive affix is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Pei and Gaynor 1954 176

     

    Hartmann and Stork 1972 185

     

    Mish 1991 938


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