Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of affixing, attaching, or appending; affixion.

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  • noun The adding of an affix to a word.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of attaching or affixing something
  • noun formation of a word by means of an affix
  • noun the result of adding an affix to a root word

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Examples

  • [...] nonhuman animals may have the capacity to learn surface transformations involved in affixation, but they cannot link them to other aspects of linguistic structure.

    “Quotes” and monkey grammar at the BBC « Motivated Grammar

  • [...] nonhuman animals may have the capacity to learn surface transformations involved in affixation, but they cannot link them to other aspects of linguistic structure.

    2009 July « Motivated Grammar

  • In fact, this method (zero-affixation) of forming nouns from verbs used to be quite commonplace.

    2009 July « Motivated Grammar

  • If affixation means forming a word by adding an affix (e.g. frosty from frost, refusal from refuse, instrumentation from instrument), then back-formation is essentially this process in reverse: it adapts an existing word by removing its affix, usually a suffix (e.g. sulk from sulky, proliferate from proliferation, back-form from back-formation).

    Back-forming back-formations

  • In summary, their “results suggest that, in the absence of training, cotton-top tamarins learn a rule that is formally similar to affixation patterns [...] in natural language.”

    2009 July « Motivated Grammar

  • If affixation means forming a word by adding an affix (e.g. frosty from frost, refusal from refuse, instrumentation from instrument), then back-formation is essentially this process in reverse: it adapts an existing word by removing its affix, usually a suffix (e.g. sulk from sulky, proliferate from proliferation, back-form from back-formation).

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  • In summary, their “results suggest that, in the absence of training, cotton-top tamarins learn a rule that is formally similar to affixation patterns [...] in natural language.”

    “Quotes” and monkey grammar at the BBC « Motivated Grammar

  • When I wrote that back-formation was “essentially [affixation] in reverse”, I was simplifying matters somewhat.

    Back-forming back-formations

  • In fact, this method (zero-affixation) of forming nouns from verbs used to be quite commonplace.

    Accept the invite « Motivated Grammar

  • Maybe the governance had passed away from affixation from her obsession with gasoline.

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