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Monday, September 3, 2012

How words are made?

To study how words are made is called morphology.Morphe means shape in Greek and logos refers to knowledge,the study of something etc.Thus morphology is the study of the shapes of words i.e how words are formed in a language.Words are the building blocks of the house of language.For a modest dwelling in the English language one needs about 13,000 words,for a big house about 60,000, and if you want a palace then you would need over 120,000 of them (Akamajian et. al. 2001 :11).But People who learn many words,whether to read the words for Shakespeare or play scrabble,do not learn how these words are formed.Your aim as a student of linguistics is to find out precisely this.


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