Notes on inflectional versus derivational morphology

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Morphology is the study of word formation, sound and meaning. In general, inflectional morphology examines the structure and meaning of the word. Inflectional morphologists study things like intonation, spelling and etymology. They pay special attention to the way in which meaning and structure change over time. Derivational morphology is the study of word derviatives. Derivational morphologists study the way that we add prefixes and suffixes onto words to change their meanings. They also study derivations that occur in pop culture, such as text message and internet derivations like "lol" or "gr8." Derivationl morphology looks at the relationship between words and the way those relationships change over time.
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