Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Morphological Typology


Morphological typology is the categorization of a language according to the extent to which words in the language are clearly divisible into individual morphemes.


Languages can be classified according to their degree of:

  • synthesis (the degree to which a language uses multimorphemic words), along a continuum from isolating to polysynthetic languages, and
  • fusion (the degree to which a language fuses multiple grammatical meanings into a single morpheme), along a continuum from fusional to agglutinative languages.

Glossary Hierarchy