Faculty of Education and Humanities
Department of English Language and Literature

Code Name Level Year Semester
ELT 437 Language and its Structure: Morphology Undergraduate 4 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 4 2 100 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Amna Brdarević-Čeljo, Assist. Prof. Dr. Amna Brdarević Čeljo Amna Brdarević-Čeljo, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course introduces students to basic concepts of morphology, English morphology in particular, which studies the internal structure of words, their relation to other words in the speaker’s mental lexicon and word categories. The course also covers major and minor morphological processes and includes practical morphological analysis conducted on different data sets. With a slow shift towards morpho-syntax, this course aims to prepare the students for a comprehensive syntactic analysis to be performed in the fall semester.

The foundational objectives for this course are as follows:
Developing knowledge of morphology in general and the morphology of English specifically.
Establishing theoretical and descriptive background of morphological processes and operations
Developing skills in organizing linguistic data and finding patterns, as well as applying the analytical techniques of morphology to this data
Arguing for one analysis over another, or the advancement of one scientific hypothesis over others.

  1. Introduction to the course; Syllabus overview;
  2. Words, sentences, dictionaries; A word and its parts: roots, affixes and their shapes;
  3. Word-based morphology, word formation processes. A word and its forms: inflection
  4. A word and its relatives: derivation
  5. Compound words, blends and phrasal words
  6. Loaning, backformation, combining forms, abbreviations, conversion, onomatopoeia, blending, reduplication.
  7. A word and its structure; More elaborate word forms: multiple affixation;
  8. Midterm Exam
  9. More elaborate word forms: compounds within compounds;
  10. Productivity of affixes: Constraints on productivity
  11. The historical sources of English word formation
  12. Words in English and in languages generally
  13. Interfaces between morphology and syntax, semantics, phonology, pragmatics; From words to phrases, from phrases to sentences;
  14. Non-working day
  15. Final review: Cumulative, covers all course content


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    • Discussions and group work
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)140
    Final Exam140
    +Homework assignments and attendance and participation120
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • To develop knowledge and understanding of morphological concepts and terminology
    • Identifying and analyzing patterns in morphological data
    • To develop knowledge and understanding types of morphology in different languages
    • To develop some familiarity with psycholinguistic approaches to the study of morphology
    • To develop knowledge and understanding of interfaces between morphology and other disciplines: syntax, semantics, phonology, pragmatics
    • Carstairs-McCarthy, A. (2002). An Introduction to English Morphology. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
    • Plag, I. (2003). Word formation in English. Cambridge: CUP
    • Huddleston, R. & G.K. Pullum (2005). A student\'s Introduction to English Grammar. Cambridge: CUP

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15230
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15115
    Midterm Examination (1 week)122
    Final Examination(1 week)122
    Preparation for Midterm Examination12020
    Preparation for Final Examination12121
    Assignment / Homework/ Project10110
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 100
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 4