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What is morphological typology?



Morphological typology is the categorization of a language according to the extent to which words in the language are clearly divisible into individual morphemes.


Languages can be classified according to their degree of

  • synthesis (the degree to which a language uses multimorphemic words), along a continuum from isolating to polysynthetic languages, and
  • fusion (the degree to which a language fuses multiple grammatical meanings into a single morpheme), along a continuum from fusional to agglutinative languages.
See also

How to determine the morphological type of a language


Payne, T. 1997a 27–29

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