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This is a recap self-test for core concepts in morphology on level B (Basiskurs).
  • Question 1 / 5
    Basic Terminology of Morphology
    Match the terms and definitions.
    Morpheme
    Base that does not contain any affixes.
    Two or more variants of a morpheme.
    Concrete realisation of a morpheme.
    Abstract minimal linguistic sign that carries a specific meaning or fulfils a function.
    Bound morpheme added in the front of a base.
    Bound morpheme added at the end of a base.
    Allomorph
    Morph
    Root
    Prefix
    Suffix
  • Question 2 / 5
    Characteristics of Inflection and Derivation
    Match the following characteristics with the corresponding morphological process!
    Inflection: word category
    comes first
    remains the same
    word forms
    comes last
    transparent
    changes
    less transparent
    highly productive
    new lexemes
    restricted
    Inflection: order
    Inflection: productivity
    Inflection: semantic transparency
    Inflection: products
    Derivation: word category
    Derivation: order
    Derivation: productivity
    Derivation: semantic transparency
    Derivation: products
  • Question 3 / 5
    Word formation processes: Compounding, Derivation, Conversion
    For the examples below, determine whether they are examples of compounding, derivation, or conversion.
    window sill (N), overthink (V)
    Derivation
    Conversion
    Compounding
    reanalyze (V), expectation (N)
    must (N), hammer (V)
  • Question 4 / 5
    Terms of Inflection
    Match the terms and definitions.
    Inflection
    Change of a word's form to match certain grammatical properties of another word.
    Repetition of a morpheme or part of a morpheme to indicate a grammatical (or semantic) contrast.
    The process by which affixes combine with roots to indicate grammatical categories such as case, plurality or tense.
    Replacing a morpheme with an entirely different morpheme in order to mark a grammatical contrast.
    Vowel alternations indicating a grammatical contrast.
    Change of a word's form to indicate its grammatical role.
    Case
    Agreement
    Suppletion
    Reduplication
    Ablaut
  • Question 5 / 5
    Word Formation Processes
    Match the word formation processes and their definitions.
    Derivation
    Creating a new word (category) by removing actual or supposed affixes.
    Words formed from the initials of a group of words that designate one concept (pronounced letter-by-letter).
    Words that are derived from proper names of individuals and places.
    Invention of totally new terms (usually for commercial purposes).
    Shortening of a polysyllabic word by the dropping of some (usually final) syllables of a word.
    Combination of a free morpheme and (one or more) bound morpheme(s), yielding a form with a new meaning and/or category.
    Words formed by merging the sounds and meanings of two already existing words.
    Words formed from the initials of a group of words that designate one concept (pronounced as a word).
    Imitations of natural sounds.
    Combination of two (or more) free morphemes.
    Assigning an already existing word to a new syntactic category.
    Compounding
    Conversion
    Blends
    Clipping
    Backformation
    Acronyms
    Initialisms
    Onomatopoeia
    Coinage
    Eponyms
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