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1. Analogy in affixational morphology

In historical linguistics, analogy is generally defined as a process by which words or morphemes are created or recreated on the model of existing linguistic patterns. Analogy operates independently of sound change and often regularizes irregularities brought about by sound change. The most widely discussed form of analogy is proportional analogy: A is to A' as B is to B'. It has been suggest…

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Robert R. Ratcliffe, “Analogy”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 22 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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