Morphological Development

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  • The main focus of this entry will be morphological development of the two main word classes, verbs and nouns, in children acquiring English as well as a variety of other languages. The structure is as follows: First, a definition of morphology and general classification of languages with regard to their morphological properties will be given; then two perspectives on morphological development, the generativist and the nongenerativist perspectives, will be presented; and finally, the timing and trajectory of development of morphological categories of verbs and nouns in English and in other languages with richer inflectional morphology will conclude the entry.

    The word morphology is composed of three parts: morphé (Greek µ)) with the meaning form or shape, the interfix -o- and logy (Greek -γoγíα) meaning speaking, discourse, ...

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