Talk:Word stem

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My revert of "ending = suffixed inflections"[edit]

Correction: I've put Ending up for deletion. --Pablo D. Flores (Talk) 03:50, 18 March 2006 (UTC)


In my defense, I realize now that there is a narrow sense and a broad sense of "suffix." Just as one could claim that a "lion" is distinct from a "cat" when using "cat" in a narrow sense, someone else could say that they're all "cats" and the distinction is between "great cats" and "domesticated cats." This is precisely what the Affix article does, noting that affixes "may be derivational, like English -ness and pre-, or inflectional, like English plural -s and past tense -ed." And yet, the article List of English suffixes, while listing "-ing" (which I would call an "ending"), includes neither "-s" nor "-ed," which would arguably be two of the very most common suffixes in the English language; I think this is because many people know intuitively that there is a big difference between an "ending" like "-s" and a suffix like "-ness."
I will yield if the community consensus is that any letters added to the end of a word qualify as a suffix, although I doubt that any list of Latin suffixes would include "-is" as a third declension genitive singular and "-amus" as first conjugation first person plural present. That is a HOE! article. But I am happy to see that most of what I have contributed in this article has remained. — Revjmyoung 14:38, 30 March 2006 (UTC)
Hmmm... In fact List of English suffixes should include inflectional suffixes, unless a clarification is made somewhere. Either that, or rename it to List of English derivational suffixes. It's not that there are two senses of "suffix", or that the community consensus has anything to do. A suffix is a bound morpheme that is added to the end of a word, period. Whether it's inflectional or derivational is not part of the definition. "Ending" suggests derivation because that's how it's taught in schools. Inflectional endings tend to be grouped in paradigms (conjugation or declension tables) and set apart. --Pablo D. Flores (Talk) 16:44, 30 March 2006 (UTC)