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Morphology - LAN00020I

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  • Department: Language and Linguistic Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Peter Sells
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module summary

This module provides an overview of the field of morphology, the study of the structure of words, drawing evidence from a wide variety of languages.

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

Drawing evidence from a wide variety of languages, the module investigates the structure of words and introduces theoretical approaches to morphological analysis. Topics covered include types of morphemes, morphological derivation, polysemy, inflection, and productivity of morphological processes. The module also explores how morphology interacts with syntax and phonology, building on syntax and phonology skills acquired in the first year.

Module learning outcomes

  • Analyse the internal structure of words in different languages
  • Apply abstract theory to practical data
  • Evaluate different morphological analyses
  • Understand the interplay between morphology and phonology
  • Understand the interplay between morphology and syntax


Task Length % of module mark
Problem Set 1
N/A 20
Problem Set 2
N/A 20
Online Exam
N/A 60

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

3 formatives during Spring term, preparation for the summative assignments.


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Reassessment: Morphology
N/A 100

Module feedback

Written feedback on formatives within 15 working days.

Written feedback on summatives within 25 working days.

Indicative reading

Lieber, Rochelle. 2015. Introducing morphology. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

There will be supplementary readings.

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