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superfix

[soo-per-fiks]
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noun
  1. a suprasegmental feature having an identifiable meaning or grammatical function, as the stress pattern that distinguishes the noun record from the verb record or the parallel falling stress patterns of blackbird and highchair, reflecting a parallel relationship between the elements.

Origin of superfix

1945–50; super- + -fix, extracted from affix, infix, etc.
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superfix

noun
  1. linguistics a suprasegmental feature distinguishing the meaning or grammatical function of one word or phrase from that of another, as stress does for example between the noun conduct and the verb conduct

Word Origin

from super- + -fix, on the model of prefix, suffix
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