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The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology$
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Laurie Bauer, Rochelle Lieber, and Ingo Plag

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747062

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747062.001.0001

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Locatives of time and space

Locatives of time and space

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(p.333) Chapter 16 Locatives of time and space
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The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology
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Laurie Bauer

Rochelle Lieber

Ingo Plag

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747062.003.0016

This chapter surveys the affixes used in English to express spatial and temporal concepts. All such affixes are prefixal, and many of them do double duty with spatial or temporal readings depending on context. English has two cohorts of such prefixes, non-native ones and native ones, and there are generally pairs (or sets) that overlap in meaning, with only subtle differences apparent. Several of the prefixes (super-, sur-, extra-, over-, under-) mix spatial readings with quantitative (or at least scalar) readings. Issues of polysemy are discussed.

Keywords:   affixation, temporal, spatial, quantitative, native, non-native, polysemy

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