Definitions

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  • n. Word-formation involving an infix or infixes; adding an infix to a word.
  • n. The state or quality of being infixed.

Etymologies

infix +‎ -ation (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Without laryngeals, it should be already clear to a knowledgeable linguist that many languages simplify stems in oblique case forms without the need to appeal to arcane infixation of one 'miracle phoneme' or another.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • It may be that this putative prosodic breathy voice played a (limited) morphological role analogous to ablaut or n-infixation, explaining to some extent the apparent voiceless/voiced ("aspirated") root doublets.

    PIE "look-alike stems" - Evidence of something or a red herring?

  • First assuming a consonantal *o, then assuming an infixation of this consonantal *o as a derivation.

    Rasmussen's consonantal *o and laryngeal deletion

  • Phoenix: "First assuming a consonantal *o, then assuming an infixation of this consonantal *o as a derivation."

    Rasmussen's consonantal *o and laryngeal deletion

  • A peculiarly interesting type of infixation is found in the Siouan languages, in which certain verbs insert the pronominal elements into the very body of the radical element, e.g.,

    Chapter 4. Form in Language: Grammatical Processes

  • While your “bon a-fucking-petite” is a very original example of expletive infixation, you put the “fucking” in the wrong place.

    Firedoglake » Bring It

  • This process is one which structural linguists call replacive infixation: it is familiarly illustrated by the substitution of e for a in the plural of the noun man or by the substitution of i for o in the past tense of the verb do.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol III No 4

  • As part of my research for the previous installment of Preposterous Apostrophes, I looked in where people wrote “the king’s of England”, seeking out instance of infixation, where the possessive marker was appended to the head of the phrase rather than the end of the phrase.

    Preposterous Apostrophes IV: History Lesson « Motivated Grammar

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  • fanfriggintastic (expletive infixation) or scrumdiddlyumptious ("diddly" infixation with partial reduplication).

    December 29, 2006