Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Inflectional Affix

Inflectional Affix

An inflectional affix is an affix that:

  • expresses a grammatical contrast that is obligatory for its stem's word class in some given grammatical context
  • does not change the word class of its stem
  • is typically located farther from its root than a derivational affix
  • produces a predictable, nonidiosyncratic change of meaning.

(English)

Here are some examples of grammatical categories that are expressed by inflectional affixes:

  • Aspect
  • Case
  • Modality
  • Number
  • Person
  • Tense
  • Voice
Page/s: 620
Source: Mish 1991

Mish, Frederick (editor). 1991.Webster's ninth new collegiate dictionary. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster. 1,564 pages. 0877795088; indexed 0877795096; deluxe 087779510X.

Page/s: 112
Source: Hartmann and Stork 1972

Hartmann, R.R.K., and F.C. Stork. 1972.Dictionary of language and linguistics. London: Applied Science.

Page/s: 184
Source: Crystal 1980

Crystal, David. 1980.A first dictionary of linguistics and phonetics. Boulder, CO: Westview.

Page/s: 2, 99
Source: Bybee 1985

Bybee, Joan L. 1985.Morphology: A study of the relation between meaning and form. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

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