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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- 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
- Word origin of “morphology” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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How to Cite the Definition of Morphology
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “morphology.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved March 27, 2019 (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 March 27, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/morphology/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“morphology.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 27 Mar. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/morphology/>.