Yami affixation manifests the three features characterizing Agglutinating Languages.
(1) A word consists of a root and several affixes;
(2) The root and affixes are relatively easily separated; and
(3) Each affix generally has only one meaning. For example, nipakanan (< ni-pa-kan-an) ‘the place where an animal has been fed or the place where someone has been treated a meal' is formed with the bound root -kan ‘eat' and several clearly separated affixes, each having its own meaning, such as -an ‘location', pa- ‘causative', and ni- ‘perfective'.