Chapter

Morphological analysis

Geert Booij

in The Grammar of Words

Second edition

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226245
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191710360 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226245.003.0002

Series: Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics

 Morphological analysis

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Complex words can be divided into different kinds of morphemes such as roots and affixes. Natural languages show a number of formal operations to make new words: affixation, compounding, conversion, reduplication, and phonetic modification. Languages differ considerably in the way they make use of these possibilities. They can be classified according to the indices of synthesis and fusion. Thus, morphology plays an important role in linguistic typology.

Keywords: affixation; conversion; reduplication; phonetic modification; root-and-pattern morphology; typology

Chapter.  7439 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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