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    Anonymous Guest

    Default Linguistics

    Can you tell me if this is an example of Morphology or Phonology?

    Irregular Verbs:

    Think
    Thank
    Thunk

    ??
    I believe it is Morphology, but I am not 100% sure.
    Can you confirm or deny please?

    Thank you
    SR

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    Default Re: Linguistics

    Quote Originally Posted by SLRomero
    Can you tell me if this is an example of Morphology or Phonology?

    Irregular Verbs:

    Think
    Thank
    Thunk

    ??
    I believe it is Morphology, but I am not 100% sure.
    Can you confirm or deny please?

    Thank you
    SR
    Morphology: rules pertaining to words e.g., add -ed to form the past tense.

    Phonology: rules pertainging to sounds e.g., pronounce -ed as [d] after voiced sounds, as [t] after voiceless sounds:

    tanned = tanne[d]
    walked = walke[t]

    Note, sink, sank sunk are irregular in form. That is, -ed is not added: *sinked. Note also, -i-, -a-, -u- occur in the same phonological environment: between [s] and [n]. They are fixed sounds: -i- doesn't change to -a- or -u-.

    Morphology: (hypothetical word) frink (Present). What's the Past? frank, frunk. Notice that -i-, -a-, -u- follow a morphological pattern: -i- for Present and -a-, -u- for Past.

    All the best, :D

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    bigjohn Guest

    Default looks like minimal pairs

    It could well be a question of phonology where a set of minimal pairs (in this case 3) are being presented to demonstrate the meaningfulness of phonemes, that is, how changing just one sound in a word can change its meaning.

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    Default Re: looks like minimal pairs

    Quote Originally Posted by bigjohn
    It could well be a question of phonology where a set of minimal pairs (in this case 3) are being presented to demonstrate the meaningfulness of phonemes, that is, how changing just one sound in a word can change its meaning.
    Welcome.

    Minimal pairs. Right! 8) In addition, we are dealing with morpho-phonemics and morpho-phonemes. :wink:

    All the best, :D

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