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Morphological Typology

Morphological Typology

Morphological typology is the categorization of a language according to the extent to which words in the language are clearly divisible into individual morphemes .

Languages can be classified according to their degree of:

  • synthesis (the degree to which a language uses multimorphemic words), along a continuum from isolating to polysynthetic languages, and
  • fusion (the degree to which a language fuses multiple grammatical meanings into a single morpheme), along a continuum from fusional to agglutinative languages.
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Source: Payne, T. 1997a

Payne, Thomas E. (1997) .Describing morphosyntax: A guide for field linguists. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press.

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