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ever + y + thing everything

(Matrix from Real Spelling 70 Matrices Disk)

Some semantic interpretations:

At first glance the word “everything” might not seem to be very exciting in terms of providing semantic insights into Greta’s speech. However, perhaps when we see the base <ever> we can draw a link to what she is arguing.

Some orthographic investigations include:

Notice from this matrix:

  • Suffixes are not necessarily word final.
  • A matrix need not a base surrounded by affixes!
  • Why doesn’t the <-y> suffix change to <i> in any words constructed from this matrix? (Hint: The <y>/<i> change is a suffixing change.)

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