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- n. The adding of an affix to a word.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of affixing, attaching, or appending; affixion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of attaching or affixing something
- n. formation of a word by means of an affix
- n. the result of adding an affix to a root word
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[...] nonhuman animals may have the capacity to learn surface transformations involved in affixation, but they cannot link them to other aspects of linguistic structure.
When I wrote that back-formation was “essentially [affixation] in reverse”, I was simplifying matters somewhat.
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).
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.”
In fact, this method (zero-affixation) of forming nouns from verbs used to be quite commonplace.
Maybe the governance had passed away from affixation from her obsession with gasoline.
Well Westmoreland is 58, not 28, and for about the first 20 years of his life in Georgia, and in the states you and I live in, a politician's affixation of the word "uppity" to a black man was to the Ku Klux Klan as a Green Beret's shining a laser designator on a building is to a smart bomb.
Thanks for this very helpful analysis -- I like your example, too, which illustrates exactly why affixation is the important time for analysis of the manufacturer's liability.
One, it's just not natural to develop an affixation on people who you really don't know personally.
The Register of Copyrights shall prescribe by regulation, as examples, specific methods of affixation and positions of the notice on various types of works that will satisfy this requirement, but these specifications shall not be considered exhaustive.