Chapter 8: Stems and Affixes
Stems and Affixes
Having said that I have not wished to divide the language up into stems and affixes, I have given nonetheless below a selection of different kinds of stems to show at least how one might build up semantic fields in this way. These are semantic/notional categories, not actual formal ones.
One effective way of starting to learn such a polysynthetic language with concatenative morphology is by starting with a small number of stems or semantic bases, and then start adding affixes to refine the meaning and add grammatical information. These stems can be verbal or nominal. There are no real adverbial or adjectival stems (apart from adverbial forms of demonstratives). Here are some examples of the ones that I began with:
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