Stress shifting affix

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Stress shifting affixes is a term which refers to one of the most characteristic properties of Class I affixes: the property of having effect on the stress pattern of the base.


if we add the affix -ity to the word prodúctive, the suffix attracts stress to the syllable immediately preceding it (productívity). Stress shift to the last syllable of the base is a prone characteristic of this type of affixes. Stress shifting affixes are distinguished from stress neutral affixes.


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics


  • Chomsky, N. and M. Halle 1968. The Sound Pattern of English, Harper and Row, New York.
  • Siegel, D. 1974. Topics in English Morphology, PhD diss. MIT, Cambridge, Mass.

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