postposition

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n postposition (linguistics) the placing of one linguistic element after another (as placing a modifier after the word that it modifies in a sentence or placing an affix after the base to which it is attached)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Postposition A word or particle placed after, or at the end of, another word; -- distinguished from preposition.
    • Postposition The act of placing after, or the state of being placed after. "The postposition of the nominative case to the verb."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n postposition The act of postposing or placing after; the state of being put behind.
    • n postposition In grammar, a word or particle placed after or at the end of a word: opposed to preposition.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. postposition,. See Postpone

Usage

In literature:

All the postpositions are used as suffixes to the words which they govern.
"The Mafulu" by Robert W. Williamson
Cases are formed by adding postpositions and suffixes, usually to a modified form of the noun which is commonly called the oblique base.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
The genitive postpositions have an interesting origin.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4" by Various
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In science:

For instance, our #3 (namely, OV ⊃ GenitiveNoun) can be obtained by combining Greenberg #4 (OV ⊃ Postpositions) and Greenberg #2a (Postpositions ⊃ Genitive-Noun).
A Bayesian Model for Discovering Typological Implications
It is encouraging that in the top 1000 multi-conditional implications found, the most frequently used were “OV ” ( 176 times) “Postpositions” ( 157 times) and “AdjectiveNoun” ( 89 times).
A Bayesian Model for Discovering Typological Implications
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