Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 5 15 (7.5) DR S D'Elia checkmark-circle


This course is an introduction to morphology and to the practice of morphological analysis. By focusing on a range of phenomena, including those falling under inflection, derivation, and compounding (both in English and in other languages), the course helps students develop tools for pattern observation in data, description and analysis of word structure, and hypothesis testing. Students will also gain an understanding of the role of morphology in the grammar and how it relates to other components, such as phonology, syntax and semantics.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20

Method of assessment

Essay 1 (equivalent to 1,500 words) – 45%
Essay 2 (equivalent to 1,500 words) – 55%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Aronoff, M. and Fudeman, K. (2005) What is Morphology?, Oxford: Blackwell
Bauer, L. (2003) Introducing Linguistic Morphology, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press
Booij, G. (2007) The Grammar of Words: An Introduction to Morphology, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Honda, M and W. O'Neil (2008) Thinking Linguistically. A Scientific Approach to Language, Oxford: Blackwell
Lieber, R. (2010) Introducing Morphology, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate a solid understanding of the fundamentals of empirical inquiry in morphology and of core concepts in morphology;
Demonstrate the skill of discovering and describing patterns in given data sets, from a variety of languages, in a theoretically-informed way;
Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between morphology and other components of the grammar, such as phonology, syntax and semantics;
Demonstrate lines of argumentation, make informed judgements on the basis of cross-linguistic evidence, and decide between competing analyses of data;
Demonstrate an understanding of the relevance and usefulness of the cross-linguistic method as a tool to better understand the properties of their own native language (e.g., English).


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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