- 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
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The superfix of figure 16, o, p, has been retained unchanged as the superfix in A5b.
Compare the ending sign, which appears as the superfix in glyph 8a, with figure 37, a-h.
In the normal form in figure 61, b, the superfix is very clear.
The upper vessel contains a Kan, but the sign has a superfix, which corresponds to the sign for the west.
For 19 is the sign for Venus, and 20 is a hand with a knife as a superfix, which divides the Venus revolution.
- 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
from super- + -fix, on the model of prefix, suffix
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