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#157853 03/27/06 01:00 PM
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can you say that something is 'treelike', 'untreelike', 'treeish'? Or is this totally incorrect use of the language?

Yes, the suffixes -like and -ish and the prefix un- are rather productive in English. Though untreeish sounds funny to me, treeish, treelike, and untreelike sound OK.

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Ceci n'est pas un seing.
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so is it just th sound of the word?

I suppose, with the famous 'longest' (which isnt technically the longest) word in the english language is just a horrible cacophany of prefixes and suffixes, that sounded good to somebody at the time, but noone has used since

anti-dis-establish-ment-arian-ism ha

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so is it just th sound of the word?

I suppose, with the famous 'longest' (which isnt technically the longest) word in the english language is just a horrible cacophany of prefixes and suffixes, that sounded good to somebody at the time, but noone has used since

anti-dis-establish-ment-arian-ism ha

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Actually, the word and its kin crop up quite regularly in articles regarding the political status of the Church of England.

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just a horrible cacophany of prefixes and suffixes

The affixes are pretty productive and their being placed together doesn't really violate any of the rules of English phonotactics. It's just a longer word than one usually comes across.

[Fixed typo.]

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phontactics.




I'll Try to Remember that.


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you got the Jones, TEd...


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phontactics.




I'll Try to Remember that.




actually®, the link, albeit Wiki, gives phonOtactics. so which is it to be (before I run off and use it as a wwftd)?

-joe (w.m.) friday

edit: oh what a tangled web...

The book closes with a paper on phonotactics and phonaesthesia.

The meaningfulness of words makes them self-evidently symbolic and differentiates them from meaningless consonants and vowels, phonesthesia notwithstanding.

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It's phonotactics. I've corrected the original posting. Thanks.


Ceci n'est pas un seing.
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Actually, the word and its kin crop up quite regularly in articles regarding the political status of the Church of England.




I mustn't read enough of those then. :P

I apologise for my overly decorative metaphor re antidisest..., it appears to have created the impression i ahve a problem with the word: I was just being flippant

... but on the topic, is not 'antidis' a double negative, or do the prefixes/affixes have subtler meanings?


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Have you looked it up, SD?

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