Language Analysis 1

ENGL 633

Language Analysis 1: Morphology Instructions

Purpose: This assignment will enable you to explore and investigate the morpheme system in language. Completing this assignment will provide you opportunities to discover how morphemes work, both inflectional and derivational. Additionally, this assignment will give you an opportunity to demonstrate how you would use this information in a practical setting.


Objectives: This assignment will include 2 major sections:

1) Completing exercises

2) Writing a 650–800-word paper



1. Test your understanding. Create an original sentence or 2 illustrating the following morphological terms. Please underline the part of the sentences that illustrate the term.


A. Derivational affix F. Inflectional suffix

B. Inflectional affix G. Conversion

C. Transitive verb H. Lexical phrase

D. Free root I. Transitive verb

E. Derivational infix J. Irregular plural


2. Explain why the following sentences are ungrammatical.


A. People living in the United States use fire flowers on the Fourth of July.

B. There are a lot of transportations on the road today.

C. My cousin is having four cats.

D. We felt the cats that she had on her house.

E. My parents will begin traveling all off the world.

F. Marie’s red new bicycle is a gift by her parents.


3. What are the primary differences between derivational and inflectional affixes?


Paper: Larson-Freeman and Celce-Murcia describe a number of aspects related to morphemes and lexicogrammar. These include concepts like derivational, inflectional, bound, free morphemes and ideas like compounding, register, meaning extension, semantic fields, prototypicality and co-location. Review the teaching suggestions at the end of Chapter 3 and develop a small paper for 1 of the following:


A. Explain how you would use 1 of these concepts or teaching suggestions with your students.

B. Describe 1 of the concepts above and why you believe it will be useful to your teaching/writing.

C. How would you answer someone who asks you for the difference among the following words: see, look, watch, stare, peer, glance.


Your 650–800-word paper must include proper formatting and be current APA, MLA, or Turabian compliant (whichever corresponds with your degree program). Include a title page and work cited page; an abstract is not necessary. Please include both parts of this assignment as a single uploaded document (doc, docx, pdf, odt). In-text citations are expected. The minimum number of outside sources is four (4). Ensure that cited articles come from peer-reviewed journals (quotes from the textbooks are in addition to the four outside sources). Dictionaries are not considered peer-reviewed, academic sources (cite them if you wish to, but they do not contribute to the minimum). Use the Jerry Falwell Library and other online journals to search for articles. Refer to the rubric for grading specifics.


The format of the assignment should look like this:


Page 1 – the excercises


Page 2 – the excercises (if needed – and any additional pages)


The pages after the excercises should be:


· the title page (by itself and properly formatted)

· the body (by itself and properly formatted – with page numbers)

· works cited page(s)


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