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Definitions of Morphology

  1. (noun) The study of the structure of words.
  2. (noun) The formal rules for structuring words.

Morphology Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: mor·phol·o·gy

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /mor-fAHl-uh-jee/
  • British English – /maw-fOl-uh-jee/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /mɔrˈfɑlədʒi/
  • British English – /mɔːˈfɒlədʒi/

Usage Notes

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

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Cite the Definition of Morphology

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “morphology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved May 23, 2024 (https://sociologydictionary.org/morphology/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

morphology. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/morphology/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “morphology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed May 23, 2024. https://sociologydictionary.org/morphology/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“morphology.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 23 May. 2024. <https://sociologydictionary.org/morphology/>.