Talk:-fier

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-fier

Ignoring the fact the definition doesn't make any sense, I think this is SoP of -ify an -er. The only derived term is quantifier which is surely quantify + -er and not quant + -ifier. --Mglovesfun (talk) 18:00, 20 June 2011 (UTC)

I think you're right, this should be deleted. —CodeCat 18:03, 20 June 2011 (UTC)
I think this is productive in a sense in English. Though "logically" it is clearly as MG says, I think that individuals produce nouns ending in "fier" by suffixation of -fier to adjectives and especially nouns, rather than a two-step suffixation process or necessarily thinking of the verb ending in "fy". Following w:Anatoly Liberman, the most telling evidence of productivity would be rare instances (even hapax legomena) of forms ending in "fier" (or, better, "fiers") without corresponding forms ending in "fy", "fies", "fying", and "fied". Unfortunately, I know of no tool that allows wild-card searches of big fat (?) corpora (or even Wiktionary !). DCDuring TALK 17:01, 21 June 2011 (UTC)
Kept for no consensus.--Jusjih (talk) 08:18, 5 June 2012 (UTC)