The main objectives of the unit are to enable the student to:
1. Determine to what extent the morphological processes interact with other components of the grammar;
2. Identify and describe different morphological models;
3. Characterize the inflectional system of Portuguese and recognize other typological types;
4. Develop skills in detailed analysis of word-formation patterns;
5. Discuss some aspects about production and comprehension of morphologically complex words.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria do Céu Sernache Caetano Mocho


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language





Bauer, Laurie, Rochelle Lieber & Ingo Plag. 2013. The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Bauer, Laurie. 2001. Morphological Productivity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Booij, Geert. 2010. Construction Morphology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Spencer, Andrew & Arnold M. ZWICKY (eds). 1998. The Handbook of Morphology. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
Haspelmath, Martin & Andrea D. Sims. 2010. Understanding Morphology. London: Hodder Education, 2nd ed.
Stekauer, Pavol & Rochelle Lieber (eds). 2005. Handbook of Word-Formation. Dordrecht: Springer Verlag.
Taylor, John (ed.) 2017. The Oxford Handbook of the Word. Oxford: OUP.

Durante as sessões serão indicadas mais referências bibliográficas / More bibliography will be suggested during the lectures.

Teaching method

The proposed topics for study and discussion are scheduled at the beginning of each semester and previously prepared on the basis of recommended bibliography. Students are expected to participate actively, namely with oral presentations of readings, discussion of subject matters, autonomous resolution of practical exercises and presentation of an individual original work. In tutorials, master's students will have a regular personalized monitoring.

Evaluation method

1 paper, prepared under close supervision, and oral presentation(80%), Participation in the seminar sessions (20%)

Subject matter

1. Morphology´s place in the grammar
1.1 The object of study in morphology
1.2 Units of morphological analysis
1.3 The interaction between morphology and other linguistic areas

2. Inflection
2.1 Properties of inflectional paradigms and affixes
2.2 Some reasons to separate or not inflection from derivation and compounding
2.3 Portuguese nouns and verbs inflection

3. Derivation and Compounding
3.1 Form(s) and meaning(s) of the derivatives
3.2 Multiple affixation
3.3 Phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic properties of compounds

4. Morphological productivity
4.1 Productive and non-productive processes
4.2 Non-compositional derivatives and lexicalized compounds