Morphology

Morphology: Morphology is the Analysis of word structure.

The system of categories and rules involved in word formation and interpretation makes up a language’s morphology.

Like syllables and sentences, words have an internal structure consisting of smaller units organized with respect to each other in a particular way.

The most important component of word structure is the morpheme, the smallest unit of language that carries information about meaning or function.  The word builder, for example, consists of two morphemes: ‘build’ and ‘er’.

Free and bound morphemes

A free morpheme is a word that can stand by itself and give a meaning. A morpheme that must be attached to another element is said to be a bound morpheme.

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