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Notes on Affixation
Vocabareas - information and contents
Affixation is a process whereby new words
can be formed by adding elements either to the front or the back of the word.
Sometimes you can even add an element to the middle of the word. Here are some
examples of affixation:
centre + al = central
central + ise = centralise
centralise + ation = centralisation
de + centralisation = decentralisation
Generally, prefixes change the meaning of the word by adding a new aspect of
meaning, for example, a negative, while a suffix on the end of the word usually
changes the category of the word, eg from noun to verb or noun to adjective.
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