A prefix is an affix that is characterized by its attachment to the front of a base or root. Prefixes may contribute grammatical information to the root such as number, aspect, mood, and so on.


Example in the Skwxwu7mesh Context of Personal Possessive Prefix n- (Jacobs, 2013, p. 25)
Examples in the Halkomelem Context of Various Aspectual Prefixes (Suttles, 2004, p. 251)
Examples in the Secwepemctsín Context Prefix x- Which Translates to ‘internal, integral, inferior or dorsal surface’ (Gibson, 1973, p. 28)


Gibson, J. A. (1973). Shuswap grammatical structure. [Doctoral dissertation, The University of Hawaii].

Jacobs, P. W. (2013). Subordinate clauses in Skwxwu7mesh: Their form and function. Northwest Journal of Linguistics, 7(2), 1-54.

Suttles, W. (2004). Musqueum reference grammar. UBC Press. SFU Student Access.