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What is an inflectional affix?



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:

  An inflectional affix is a kind of
See also

Crystal 1980 184


Hartmann and Stork 1972 112


Mish 1991 620


Bybee 1985 2, 99

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