Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Stem Modification

Definition: 

Stem modification is a morphological process whereby an affix occurs simultaneously with a root or stem.

The kind of affix involved in this process is called a simulfix.

Examples: 

(English)

The tense/aspect morpheme in the English verb paradigm of 'to sing' occurs simultaneously with the verb stem:

  • sing
  • sang
  • sung

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