For the word classification, would it break down to 'class-ify-ation' or 'class-ify-ic-ation'. I am confused between the two because for the second one, classific isn't a word.
Well Nicholas, depending on your point of view, you were either very lucky or unlucky to choose the word classification.
I am confused between the two because for the second one, classific isn't a word.
You're right, it isn't. Here's how I would break down
It can occur when there is friction between the end of stem and the initial sound of the following suffix.
Just try saying
ation. Classifyaytion? Classifiation?
So, as a general rule, stems ending in y are transformed:
- The y becomes an i.
- the head of the
-ationsuffix receives a
Now as for how to treat the sound change, there isn't really an agreed upon convention. In fact, that link from above treats
-cation as distinct suffixes. So it's kind of up to you.
You could ignore the emergence of the c if you are insistent on doing a more canonical breakdown:
Or you could match the spelling:
Or you could do as I did and mark the
[c] as a part of the final suffix and not a suffix in its own right:
It's entirely up to you.