LIGN120:  Introduction to Morphology

Spring 2008, Mon/Wed/Fri 10:00a-10:50a Peterson 103





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          6/3/08:  The final exam may be submitted via e-mail (PDF format ONLY).

                          Additional details:

                              1) Please alert Henry via e-mail by June 6th if you intend to do this!!

                                  (Printing plans may change depending on how many opt to do it.)

                              2) PDF is the only practical way to avoid format issues.

                                   There are several free utilities for generating PDFs such as

                           (this is not an endorsement)

                              3) It is highly recommend you send yourself a ‘test’ PDF attachment

                                   before e-mailing your final.

                              4) Deadline for final:  Noon on Thursday June 12th.

                                                                  (Not 10am as indicated on the final hardcopy)

                              5) If submitting in person, slip under Prof Ackerman’s office door

                                   in the event he is not in his office as he plans to be.


          6/06/08:  CORRECTIONS to data in Question 1 Part 1 on the Final:

                             15.  myyn         ‘I sell’

                             17.  harkita      ‘to consider’

                             69.  harkitsen  ‘I consider’                      (newly added)  

                             70.  harkitsee  ‘he considers’                 (newly added)



Instructor:  Farrell Ackerman (

                AP&M Building 4101

                Office hours: Wednesdays 2:30p-4:00p (or by appointment)


TA:           Henry Beecher (

                Office hours: Wednesdays 1:00p-2:00p in AP&M 2442

                Sections: Mon 12:00p-12:50p & Thu 11:00a-11:50a in AP&M 5441 (inside 5440)



This course provides an introduction to basic methods for analyzing words. Goals of the course include: identifying the patterns of word shapes and their formation found cross-linguistically; developing a typology of word formation patterns; developing theories which can account for these patterns; and gaining insights into the human mind by examining patterns of morphology (i.e. why they might be like they are as well as how they are learned, comprehended, produced and change over time).



For a general introduction to the Linguistics Dept, as well as the program’s office location and hours, see here.



Textbook:  Booij, Geert (2007). The Grammar of Words, Oxford University Press, USA.  ISBN-13: 9780199226245



1.  Take-home Final: due Mon, 6/09/08  30%

2. 7 Homeworks:  70%           




       Weeks 1-2  Introduction & basic concepts

                        Chapters 1, 2 & 12


       Weeks 3-4  Derivation & Compounding

                        Chapters 3 & 4


       Weeks 5-6  Inflection & Paradigms

                        Chapters 5, 6 & 10


       Weeks 7-8  Interfaces

                        Chapters 7 & 8


       Weeks 9-10 Morphology & Psycholinguistics

                        Chapters 9 & 11



PDF files of class overheads & HW:



Week 1



Week 1 powerpoint slides



Week 2


Homework 1




Week 2 powerpoint slides






Week 3


Homework 2a    Homework 2b




Week 3 powerpoint slides






Week 4


Henry’s powerpoint slides




Week 4 powerpoint slides






Week 5


Homework 3




Week 5 powerpoint slides






Week 6


Homework 4a    Homework 4b Homework 4c    

Due 5/16



Week 6 powerpoint slides






Week 7


Homework 5/6

Due 5/30





Week 8


Week 8 powerpoint slides

Henry’s powerpoint slides






Week 9


Homework 7a    Homework 7b 

Due 6/6



Week 9 powerpoint slides






Week 10


Week 10 powerpoint slides




Final Examination

Due 6/12



Useful resources:


IPA Chart


Glossing Guide


Homework 1 morpheme key


Corrected data for “Doing Morphology” handout


nilipata        ‘I got’                      niliwapiga    ‘I hit them’

walipata      ‘they got’                 walitupiga    ‘they hit us’

nilipiga       ‘I hit’                       walikipiga    ‘they hit it’

nilikipata     ‘I got it’                   utatupiga    ‘they will hit us’

ulikipata      ‘you got it’               ulipata        ‘you got’

nitakipata    ‘I will get it’             watakupiga   ‘they will hit you’

ulipiga         ‘you hit’                   ulitupiga      ‘you hit us’

watakipiga   ‘they will hit it’         nitakupata   ‘I will get you’



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