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    Default Help with morphology trees-please.

    Greetings-

    I am drawing morphology trees and I am stuck.

    I have to do one for the words, geekiness, conversational and retrovirus.


    I am thinking the converstationally can be this way or just conversational-ly which would make it just adverb (highes branch/ top) then adjective extended branch...

    My biggest issue, however is geekiness.

    geeky which is the root word is a adjective, but the ness makes it a noun. Can a noun modify a adjective to make a new noun?

    PLEAAAAAAASE HELP!!!!!!!!
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    Default Re: Help with morphology trees-please.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bmack View Post
    Greetings-

    I am drawing morphology trees and I am stuck.

    I have to do one for the words, geekiness, conversational and retrovirus.


    I am thinking the converstationally can be this way or just conversational-ly which would make it just adverb (highes branch/ top) then adjective extended branch...

    My biggest issue, however is geekiness.

    geeky which is the root word is a adjective, but the ness makes it a noun. Can a noun modify a adjective to make a new noun?
    Yes, but ness is not a noun, it's simply another morpheme (and see below).

    PLEAAAAAAASE HELP!!!!!!!!
    Your diagrams look strange. Are you inferring that 'retrovirus' is made from adding 'us' to 'retrovir'?
    The morphology of a word has nothing to do with nouns modifying adjectives, etc. It's about morphemes modifying other morphemes or words to make new words.
    Are you sure 'geeky' is the root?

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    Default Re: Help with morphology trees-please.

    To pursue Raymott's last question a bit, 'geekiness' is characteristic behaviour. But of whom?

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    Default Re: Help with morphology trees-please.

    I think he just meant to show (us) to inform that the it belongs to the root "virus". With regards to the first three, "Retroviral", you are correct in identifying the end result as an adjective. The root is virus, which attaches to "al" to form "viral". You will attach "Retro" last since "Retro" is more likely to attach to an adjective than a noun. With yur second word, "conversationally", the root is actually a verb, "converse". Attach "ation" to make it a noun, "al' to make it an "adjective" and finally, "ly" to make it an adverb. This is basically the answer but I will leave the actual trees to you.

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