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derivation v. inflection

derivation v. inflection - All languages have units of...

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All languages have units of meaning, or morphemes, like words, affixes, parts of speech, intonation, stress, and implied context. These morphemes serve different purposes within the language. For instance, some morphemes function to change the meaning while others function to add extra meaning to words, phrases, clauses, and/or sentences. The way each type of morpheme interacts with the root of a word and/or surrounding words is also unique to the type of morpheme it is. It is important in order to understand language, and it is useful when studying the development and acquisition of language, to have a distinction between types of morpheme. These two subcategories are known as inflectional morphology and derivational morphology. Although inflection and derivation may be added using the same or a very similar process, the two serve very different purposes. Inflectional morphology changes the form of a word so as to give it extra meaning. This extra meaning could be number, gender, person, case, tense, mood, aspect, politeness, etc.
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