morphology

1. (noun) The study of the structure of words.

2. (noun) The formal rules for structuring words.

Audio Pronunciation: (mor·phol·o·gy)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: morphologies
  • A linguist or specialized (noun) morphologist studies phonology to understand (adjective) morphologic or (adjective) morphological aspects of language (adjective) morphologically.
  • Morphology focuses on the structural aspects words or morphemes to understand word creation such as compound formation and derivation.
  • Also called:
    • sound structure
    • syllable structure
    • word structure

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