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I keep encountering connectors as definitionally capable of connecting two bases (as in artifice or phonology) or a base to a suffix (as in actual or fractious).

<art> + <i> + <fice>

<phone> + <o> + <log> + <y>

<act> + <u> + <al>

<fract> + <i> + <ous>

However, in the words dictatorial and spiritual (and a host of others), it appears to me that the connector's job is to connect two suffixes:

<dict> + <ate> + <or> + <i> + <al>

<spire> + <it> + <u> + <al>

It also appears that a connector can join a suffix to another base, as in toxicologist:

<tox> + <ic> + <o> + <log> + <ist>

Perhaps these last three examples are of a connector connecting a stem (<dictator> or <spirit> or <toxic> to the next suffix or base, but still, a connector can clearly follow a suffix, not just a base.

Any thoughts?

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