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Author(s): John J. McCarthy
Morphology is the study of word formation. Arabic has a rich morphological system with many interesting properties. This entry begins in Section 1 with a synopsis of some important morphological concepts. Sections 2 and 3 de-scribe the morphology of Arabic verbs and nouns. Section 4 is an overview of recent research on morphology in Arabic and other Semitic languages. 1. Morphological concepts Words are composed of meaningful units called morphemes. The English word obese consists of a single morpheme, while obesity has two morphemes, the root obese and the affix + ity, which changes …
Date: 2018-04-01