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In a Word The Wonderful World of Words Morphology 2 September 25, 2008
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Mini Assignment is Now Due!
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Morphology assignment Is due: September 30 at the beginning of class.
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What is Morphology About? Morphology is what our mental lexicon uses to analyze words when we hear them. Morphology is what our mental lexicon uses to put together new words .
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Morphology is in the business of telling us how to group morphemes together - We have several types of morphemes Some morphemes are stems . They are members of the conceptual lexicon . Sometimes stems have no meaning in isolation. For instance, we know that there is a stem agress , because we have it in aggress-ion aggress-ive aggress-or And we even have a good idea what it means, but we do not have it in isolation
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ceive and duce do not exist in isolation in English. We know, however, that they are stem morphemes because: in all of their instantiations they are pronounced the same; they take prefixes that otherwise attach to stems in the language; They don’t have a category and (outside of compounds) are never heads
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What do the following words have in common? perceive------- receive--------- conceive------ - deceive-------- project----------- reject------------- conject(ure)---- deject subject------------ object Inject-------------- eject--------------- permit remit--------- commit------ submit------- ---------------- emit transmit----- produce reduce conduc(ive) deduce induce
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perceive percept ion receive recept ion conceive concept ion deceive decept ion permit permis sion remit remis sion commit commis sion submit submis sion emit emis sion transmit transmis sion produce produc tion reduce reduc tion conduce conduc tion deduce induc tion induce induc tion
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ceive and cept are two allomorphs of the same stem morpheme. Allomorph
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This note was uploaded on 09/10/2009 for the course LING 110Lg taught by Professor Borer during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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