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date: 21 June 2021

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In this chapter, derivational infixes are surveyed across the world’s languages in terms of their form, function, and meaning. Infixes are bound morphemes whose phonological form consists minimally of a single segment, preceded and followed in at least some word-types by non-null segmental strings which, together, constitute a relevant form–meaning correspondence of their own. Derivational infixes have the function of other derivational affixes, able to determine part-of-speech, and not relevant to the syntax. Claimed synchronic universals of infixes are counter-exemplified, while comparative data attests to the borrowability of infixes and their great stability across millennia

Keywords: morphology, infixation, derivation, tmesis, phonotactics, language contact, diachrony, typology, universals

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