Morphology in linguistics

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Morphology is a subdiscipline of linguistics. It is the study of word structure. Words are at the interface between phonology, syntax and semantics (Spencer / Zwicky)

The components of a word form are called morphemes. Word formation rules describe how to select morphemes from the lexicon and to combine them.

Important concepts:

See also inflected language; noun case.


  • Francis Katamba, Morphology, Macmillan Press, 1993
  • Andrew Spencer and Arnold M. Zwicky, The Handbook of Morphology, Blackwell, 1998