LING 521 - Morphology
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
At least one introductory Linguistics course.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In the broad sense, morphology is the study of linguistic form at the level of words and tightly-knit phrases. In the narrow sense, morphology is the study of how form expresses meaning in individual words that can have two or more parts (morphemes). Some languages have little or no morphology, some (like English) have mostly transparent derivational morphology, and some have extraordinarily complex systems whose morphemes are difficult to isolate and label. No simple “theory of morphology” captures the range of attested phenomena, suggesting that morphological analysis is best customized by language family, and that historical and synchronic morphology are closely interwoven.

Categories often expressed within word morphology are number, case, possession, agreement (simple or rich), honorific and humbling, diminutives and augmentatives, comparatives, tense-aspect-mood, direction, evidentials, allocutives and ethical datives, and subordination. Formal processes include compounding/incorporation, cliticization, infixation, ablaut/apophony, tonal ablaut, reduplication, fusion (portmanteau), sound-symbolic mutation, and subtraction/ellipsis. These processes may interact in complex ways with word-internal phonological processes. Sociolinguistics is relevant to specific categories (e.g. allocutives, diminutives), specific forms (e.g., sound symbolism), and explaining why languages have anywhere from zero to heavy-duty morphological complexity.

Students are strongly advised to take this course only if they have some background in phonology (e.g., LING 313).

LING 521 will meet together with 421, plus occasional supplemental sessions. LING 521 requires a substantial final paper.

Intended Audience:

Students are highly recommended to have taken phonology.

LING 521 - Morphology
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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