At the end of this course students should:
a) Explain some basic concepts required in the study of morphology and be familiar with the most important models of morphological analysis;
b) Characterize the nominal and verbal inflexion, derivation (prefixation and suffixation) and compounding;
c) Acquire specific skills to analyze the internal structure of complex words;
d) Recognize the difference between the processes of word formation and lexical creativity.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria do Céu Sernache Caetano Mocho


Weekly - 4

Total - 168

Teaching language



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Aronoff, Mark. 1976. Word Formation in Generative Grammar. Cambridge (MA): The MIT Press.
Bauer, Laurie. 2003. Introducing Linguistic Morphology. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2nd ed.
Lieber, Rochelle & Pavol Ṥtekauer (eds.). 2014. The Oxford Handbook of Derivational Morphology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Mathews, Peter. 1991. Morphology. An Introduction to the Theory of Word Structure. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition.
Rio-Torto, Graça Maria. 1998. Morfologia Derivacional. Teoria e Aplicação ao Português. Porto: Porto Editora.
Spencer, Andrew & Arnold M. Zwicky (eds.). 2001. The Handbook of Morphology. Oxford: Blackwell.

Teaching method

Oral presentations and discussion of individual and group papers.
Practice exercises.

Evaluation method

Continuous assessment: 2 tests(40%), Written Test(50%), autonomous work(10%)

Subject matter

Introduction: the study of morphology under structuralist and generative models;
Delimitation of some basic concepts required in the study of morphology: morpheme, morph and allomorph; word (simple and complex words); types of affixes; stem and base;
Distinction between inflection and derivation;
Nominal inflection (gender and number of nouns and adjectives) and verbal inflection (regular and irregular verbs);
Derivation: prefixation; suffixation (nominal, adjectival and verbal suffixes; evaluative suffixation); parasynthesis;
Representation of internal structure of derivatives;
Compounding: criteria for defining a compound; exocentric and endocentric nominal compounds; neoclassical compounds;
Lexical creativity: clipping, blends, siglation, acronyms and loan words;
Discussion of the notions on productivity and creativity; productive and non-productive processes.


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