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I need information on inflectional morphemes. Are they prefixes or suffixes? Do they change the word class or meaning? I appreciate getting more information. Thanks.
It is a wonderful tool, Angelika but apparently I give up quickly after checking Wikipedia! Thank you.
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According to yule (1996), Morphemes(i.e minimal units of meaning or grammatical functions) are of two categories;
As for the inflectional morphemes, the play no role in the change of the word class.Their main function is to show the grammaticality of the words.
- Free morphemes;including lexical & functional morphemes,and
- Bound morphemes; including derivational & inflectional ones.
According to Yule (1996), there are 8 types of inflections, as follows:
You have to take into account that inflections can never come in the initial position of any word .
- 2 ( -er & -est ) used with adjectives.
- 2 used with nouns (-s plural,-'s possessive)
- 4 used with verbs (-s 3rd person sg ,-ed past tence ,-en past participle & -ing present progressive)
If so , they will be considered prefixes, and naturally parts of derivational morphemes .
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