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date: 22 September 2020

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Morphology is the subdiscipline of linguistics that deals with the internal structure of words. The two subdomains of morphology are word formation and inflection. Languages can be classified according to the kind of morphology that they make use of. Morphological regularities are best expressed as schemas that generalize over sets of related complex words that are stored in the lexicon. These schemas indicate how new complex words can be formed. The morphological structure of a word plays an essential role in determining its phonetic form, syntactic properties, and its meaning.

Keywords: morphology, inflection, word formation, derivation, compounding, language classification, language change, grammaticalization, interface, productivity

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