Recently a colleague asked me about interlinear glossing conventions for words that are interrupted by infixes. In the language in question (a Qiangic one, Namuyi, to be precise), singers insert vocables (meaningless syllables) into the middle of words. The words are multisyllabic, and at least in some cases, the independent syllables don’t mean anything. If we did this as with English infixation examples I’ve seen, it would be something like
and we’d need to gloss something analogous to English fantastic. Unfortunately in Namuyi neither fan nor tastic actually mean anything. Together they mean “fantastic”.
Does anyone at SpecGram have any experience with glossing in such a situation?
Dear Mr. X.,
But the thing is, in this case fan and tastic originally did have independent meanings. You see, the term came about in the 1870s in association with a new device imported from France that used a mechanical fan to dry appliques to ceramic cups: fan-
Hope that helps.
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