Empty Morphemes in Linguistics

Payal Khullar

Payal Khullar is a Linguist, who loves reading and writing, amongst other things. Graduate Honors in Botany and Masters in Linguistics, she is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. Computational Linguistics Program at IIIT Hyderabad.

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  1. Thank you so much for all your posts! They’ve really helped with my Structures revision; I’ve been very absent and am struggling to understand things from my lecture notes alone. Do you know how one would one gloss a word such as factual? Would the empty morpheme still be represented by Ø?

    Thanks for your time!

    • Thanks a lot. Glad these posts could help you. Also, best of luck! 🙂
      Yes, we will use the same symbol for glossing an empty morpheme, if that is what you want to do.
      Usually, I gloss inflectional affixes on nouns (Gender, Number, Person), verbs (Sub-Agreement, Tense, Aspect, Mood, etc.), adjectives, etc. but I haven’t done that for derivational affixes like “al”, which change category of the word (from Noun to Adjective in this case). Perhaps, because glossing of derivational morphology is not that important for syntax. But, I admit, for studying word morphology, this must be important, and, for that, you will need additional symbols.

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