International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 3, Issue 7, Part M (2017)
An innovative method for the study of complex word in English: A linguistic approach
Words are the basic building blocks of a sentence. In English, the words are of two types: simplex, i.e. simple and complex. Unlike the simple words, a complex word has an internal structure. For example, the complex word teachers is made up of three components: teach, -er, and -s; morphologically known as morphemes. These morphemes are not simply strung together like beads on a string. Instead, there is a proper system of the arrangement of these three morphemes to get the word, i.e. the morpheme -er is attached to the root morpheme teach; and it becomes teacher, and then the morpheme -s is suffixed to teacher to make it teachers. This is the typical process known as affixation in which a complex word like teachers is internally structured or formed. The study of the internal structure of a complex word is linguistically called Morphology (Katamba, F., 1993). The morphological knowledge is inevitable for a student of language and linguistics to develop the knowledge of affixation (i.e. the proper arrangement of morphemes in a word), language acquisition, and language change. By having considered this concept in mind and for this paper, a student-friendly innovative tool Word Analyser is developed for the students who undertake the courses related to language and linguistics, to boost up the morphological awareness, especially the structural knowledge of words, and to be successful in their course of study.
How to cite this article:
M. Somathasan. An innovative method for the study of complex word in English: A linguistic approach. International Journal of Applied Research. 2017; 3(7): 851-854.