Unit One 6/27

Basic concepts

This unit covers the basic concepts in morphology.

Unit Two 8/27

Classification of morphemes

Morphemes can be classified into several types: free and bound, lexical and grammatical, to mention but a few.

Unit Three 6/27

Affixes and clitics

Unit Four 7/27

Word formation processes and morphological models

About this course

Morphology is the study of how words are formed. This course introduces you to the fundamental concepts in linguistic morphology.


Mohammed Modhaffer
Assistant Professor


What is this course about?

It is about morphology, the study of how words are formed.

You should not have any linguistic background. However, a working knowledge of phonetics and phonology will be much helpful. 

Study the materials, pass the exams and submit your assignments.Submitting assignments is an optional. You can consider submitting assignments if you want to improve your skills in research and have feedback on your writings. 

In order to get a certificate of completion, you should score at least 50 out of 100 in total of all exams and assignments.

Yes you can retake as many time as you can until you get a certificate.

This course offers a full-time 3 credits. It is equivalent to a paper in a Masters of Arts degree specialization.

The marks are calculated as follows: 

1. First Internal Assessment: 20 Marks.

2. Second Internal Assessment: 20 Marks.

3. Final Exam: 60 Marks.

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Unit One

Definition of morphology, the concept of word, different types of words: content words and function words. The concept of morpheme, generation of morphemes, distinction between root, stem and base.

Unit Two

Classification of morphemes, free vs. bound morphemes, lexical and grammatical morphemes, Portmanteau morpheme, discontinuous morpheme, the concept of allomorph.

Unit Three

Affixes, prefixes, suffixes, infixes, superfixes, circumfixes, inflectional affixes, derivational affixes, zero morpheme, clitics.

Unit Four

Morphological changes: assimilation and dissimilation. Word formation processes: compounding, blending, coinages, conversion, clipping, backformation. Morphological models: item and arrangement, item and process. Paradigmatic and syntagmatic relations in morphology.

Recommended Books

  1. Laurie Bauer. (2003). Introducing Linguistic Morphology. Georgetown: Georgetown University Press.

  2. Mark Aronoff and Kirsten Fudeman. (2010). What is Morphology?. West Sussex: Wiley Blackwell.

  3. Andrew Radford, et. al. (2009). Linguistics: An Introduction. New York: Cambridge University Press.

  4. Rochelle Lieber. (2015). Introducing Morphology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.