Derivational And Inflectional Morphology

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A Comparison of Derivational and Inflectional Morphology The ability to effectively communicate through words is a learned skill and regardless of the language, there are certain rules and common trends that assist in the formation and proper use of words. It is more than just knowing when to add an ‘s’ to form a plural or when to substitute a noun for a verb, the study of morphology is a part of studying linguistics. Most people believe to be a linguist means to be able to speak multiple languages or know a lot about different languages, however as this paper will point out, there is much more to the study of linguistics. Linguistics is the scientific study of language and there are a number of topics covered by this topic. The center of linguistics is based on the search for the unconscious knowledge humans have about language and how children eventually learn to acquire it, an understanding of the structure of particular languages and language in general (Macaulay & Syrett). Falling into two main categories of structure and language use, linguists help to increase understanding of the formal properties of language. These include, word structure (morphology), sentence structure (syntax), speech sounds and the rules and patterns between them (phonetics and phonology), and meaning in language (semantics and pragmatics) (University of Sheffield 2015). Morphology, depending on the discipline varies not in how it is defined but rather how it is applied. German poet and

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