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A natural history of infixation

Author: Alan C L Yu
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Series: Oxford studies in theoretical linguistics, 15.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book presents the first cross-linguistic study of the phenomenon of infixation, typically associated in English with words like 'fan-bloody-tastic', and found in all the world's major linguistic families. Infixation is a central puzzle in prosodic morphology: Alan Yu explores its prosodic, phonological, and morphological characteristics, considers its diverse functions, and formulates a general theory to  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Yu, Alan C.L.
Natural history of infixation.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608169446
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan C L Yu
ISBN: 9780199279388 0199279381 9780199279395 019927939X
OCLC Number: 84838354
Description: x, 264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. What is infixation? --
3. Subcategorization in context --
4. Pivot theory and the typology --
5. The secret history of infixes --
6. Beyond infixation.
Series Title: Oxford studies in theoretical linguistics, 15.
Responsibility: Alan C.L. Yu.
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Presents a cross-linguistic study of infixation, which explores its prosodic, phonological, and morphological characteristics. This work also considers its diverse functions, and formulates a general  Read more...

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