Like....the "god" in "godfather", and the "full" in "full brother" and "-in-law". How do you call these parts in the three examples? A root or a affix? or other term?
I'm writing a paper about the compositions of English kinship terms. and i even can't clearly classify them....
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.
Last edited by emsr2d2; 05-Jul-2013 at 22:45. Reason: typo correction
There is no doubt in my mind that 'full' is an adjective. I would hyphenate 'half-brother' and not hyphenate 'stepbrother'. I am not sure whether or not this makes any difference to the labelling. I am relieved that I am going on holiday in a couple of hours, and can leave the resolution of this to others.