A Grammar of Yami

3 Morphology
 3.1 Affixation

  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'.