inflection

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inflection

noun accent, accentuation, cadence, expression, intonation, modulation, pitch, stress, tone, voice change
Associated concepts: demeanor of a witness, polygraph test
See also: intonation, stress
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When prepositions get out of hand, we can clean things up by dropping the least important information and shifting from distributive to inflective forms.
The non-terminal process has to be derivational, not inflective. Consider (4) as illustration:
We are referring here to the inflective origin of the adverbial suffix -e.
The ending -a has been treated as an inflective suffix marking the nominative singular of masculine nouns.
In order to determine whether the terminal morphological process is inflective or derivational, each affix of the series -a, -e, -o, -u is compared with the other affixes that are attached to the same base, as well as to the absence of affix.
On the other hand, inflective languages have the following features:
There are some general rules for the position of evaluatives, always preceding inflective suffixes and for interfixes preceding evaluatives.
This reinforces the status of the verb as the core of Old English word-formation as well as the importance of inflective verbal stems that achieved derivational status.
The inflective loop may need to cover about a perfect fifth (from a third below to a third above the indicated pitch of turning) for one to fully experience the shift, since a vowel's transition is gradual and spreads over an interval of about a major second to a major third.
Old English is an inflective language that shows pronominal, nominal, adjectival and verbal morphological paradigms.