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What is a morphological process?

 

Definition
 

A morphological process is a means of changing a stem to adjust its meaning to fit its syntactic and communicational context.

Discussion
 

Most languages that are agglutinative in any way use suffixation. Some of these languages also use prefixation and infixation. Very few languages use only prefixation, and none employ only infixation or any of the other types of morphological processes listed below.

Kinds
  Here are some kinds of morphological processes:
 
 
Note:

The process suppletion, though not strictly morphological, typically encodes the same type of information as the above morphological processes. It is often discussed in conjunction with them.

See also
 
Sources
 

Matthews 1991 125–126, 130


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