Thursday, October 11, 2007


Morphemic Amputee

Daniel Fertig asked, "So where the normative form is a privative adjective, what's the linguistic term for when it loses its prefix!?!" Eric Thomson suggests "morphemic amputee," and adds, "Decoupling bound root morphemes from their affixes is a bit like nuclear fission, not to be undertaken without reck as it can cause a good deal of ruth."

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