DR-BEJO.PRO unit7 Nonlinear affixation : Other types of affixation

Nonlinear affixation : Other types of affixation

Other types of affixation
Linear is combining one morpheme with another. It includes prefixation, suffixation, and compounding. Although much morphology is linear, some is not.
       Nonlinear morphology is unusual (that, is most morphology is linear), but at same time it is not uncommon for a language to have at least one or two instances of it, and in some languages it is quite widespread. Rules for nonlinear morphology often need to make reference to the internal phonological structure of words.
An infix is an affix which occurs inside the stem to which it is attached.
Examples of Infix in Bahasa Indonesia:
Infix  -el-
  • Tunjuk -> telunjuk
  • Patuk -> pelatuk
  • Gembung -> gelembung
  • Tapak -> telapak
  • Gigi -> geligi
  • Luhur -> leluhur
Infix -er-
  • Sabut -> serabut
  • Suling -> seruling
  • Gigi -> gerigi
  • Kudung -> kerudung
  • Runtuh -> reruntuh(an)
  • Cerita -> ceritera
Infix -em-
  • Kuning -> kemuning
  • Kelut -> kemelut
  • Kilau -> kemilau
  • Gilang -> gemilang
  • Turun -> temurun
Infix -in
  • Kerja -> kinerja
  • Sambung -> si


  • Tambah -> tinambah
Infix -ha-
  • Baru -> baharu
  • Basa -> bahasa
  • Cari -> cahari (dalam “mata pencaharian”)
  • Rayu -> rahayu
  • Saja -> sahaja
  • Saya -> sahaya (dalam “hamba sahaya”)
  • Asmaradana -> asmaradahana [1]
Example of an infix in Chontal of Oaxaca (Hocan, Mexico)
                             Singular         Plural
          Squirrel          cece             celce
          Foreigner       tuwa             tulwa
          Lizard           kwepop        kwelpop
MUTATION is a change in a sound, as in the formation of some irregular noun plurals in English by a change in an internal vowel, e.g. foot – feet, man – men, mouse – mice. The term “mutation” is used when the sound change is due to the PHONETIC environment of the sound that changes. In the examples, mutation
was due to other vowels that were present in earlier forms of the words but have since disappeared.
       Sometimes affixation results in a change, or MUTATION, of material already present, rather than  the addition of new material. Consider plurals in one class:
 Foot – feet             fʊt      –         fi:t
Man – men             mæn   –        


Mouse – mice          maʊs  –         maIs
In rare cases, instead of adding segments, affixation removes them. The perfective forms of verbs (in Tohono O’odham (Uto-Aztecan, Arizona)
                             Stem            Perfective
          Stem            t∫upi dʒ         t∫upi
          Drip              popot           popo
One might be tempted to say that things are the other way around, that the ‘stem’ form has an added suffix which is not in the Perfective. However, this ‘suffix’ could be any consonant in the language. It is a much simpler analysis to say that the perfective form removes the final consonant from the stem, i.e., that this is a process of SUBTRACTION and that the ‘morpheme’ involved is a SUBTRACTIVE MORPHEME
Affixes can also occur ‘on top of the stem, or more precisely, simultaneous with it. Such affixes are called SUPRAFIXES; they consist of SUPRASEGMENTAL elements like tone, stress, and nasalization. English appears to have a derivational suprafix consisting of a stress shift, which derives nouns from verbs.
          V                           N
          addréss                   áddress
          convért                   cónvert
          knock óut                knóckout
          permĺt                     pérmit
          pervért                             pérvert
          rejéct                      réject
          repéat répeat
          subjéct          sÚbject
One possible analysis of this is in terms of a word formation rule that shifts the stress.
REDUPLICATION is repetition of a syllable, a MORPHEME, or a word.
Examples of REDUPLICATION  in bahasa Indonesia
  • Whole repetition, example: rumah-rumah
  • Sound-change repetition, example: warna-warni
  • Part rep

    etition, example: surat-surat kabar

  • Repetition followed affixation, example: batu-batuan
REDUPLICATION is a type of morphological marking which involves a partial or complete repetition of a stem.
Total fusion
Recall that one type of suppletion is irregular inflection of stems. This can be viewed as a case of  TOTAL FUSION between a stem and one or more affixes, so that their individual identifies have been obscured or lost.
       Total fusion can also take place between two stems or two affixes. The classic example of this is from French. Whenever the preposition á (a) ‘to’ occurs with the masculine definite article le [lƏ] ‘the’, they fuse to form what is sometimes called a PORTMANTEAU form. One never says [a lƏ]; instead one says [o].
Syntactic structure :
Standard spelling                a   le    chien
Phonetic transcription          a  lƏ     ∫jέ
                                      To the dog
Actual pronunciation :
Standard spelling                au        chien
Phonetic transcription          o          ∫jέ
                                      To the dog

Total fusion is an irregular interaction between two distinct morphemes, each of which can occur independently of the other.

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