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A Natural History of Infixation

Alan C. L. Yu


This book presents a cross-linguistic study of the phenomenon of infixation, typically associated in English with words like nullim-bloody-possiblenull, and found in all the world's major linguistic families. Infixation is a central puzzle in prosodic morphology: the book explores its prosodic, phonological, and morphological characteristics; considers its diverse functions, and formulates a general theory to explain the rules and constraints by which it is governed. The book examines 154 infixation patterns from over a hundred languages, including examples from Asia, Europe, Africa, New Guine ... More

Keywords: infixation, prosodic morphology, Asia, Europe, Africa, New Guinea, South America, diachronic pathways, language learning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199279388
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279388.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan C. L. Yu, author
University of Chicago
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