Morphology

This course focuses on the study of word-formation and word-structure which is called Morphology. The meaning of morphology is “the science of (word) forms.” Morphological theory provides a general theory of word-structure in all the languages of the world. Its task is to characterize the kinds of things that speakers need to know about the structure of the words of their language in order to be able to use them to produce and to understand speech. Morphology is the level of linguistics which is concerned with the internal structure of words, whether these be simple or complex, whether they contain grammatical information or have a purely lexical status.

This course offers a comprehensive survey of the knowledge of morphology which includes knowledge of individual morphemes, their pronunciation, and their meaning, and knowledge of the rules for combining morphemes into complex words.

Classroom Materials:

  1. Katamba, F. (2005) English Words. Routledge Publications.
  2. McCarthy A. C. (2002) Edinburgh University An Introduction to English Morphology. Edinburgh University Press.
  3. Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman, Nina Hyams. (2011). An Introduction to Language. Wadsworth, Cengage Learning 9th Edition (Morphology)
  4. George Yule (2010). The Study of Language. Cambridge University Press. 4th Edition (Morphology)