Inflectional Morphology


Inflectional morphology is a type of word formation process, where an affix is added to a word in order to convey grammatical meaning (i.e., the affix has a grammatical function). Inflectional morphology does not create a different word, as is the case for derivational morphology.


  • Skwxwú7mesh: Jacobs (2013) provides an example of inflectional morphology, where the suffix -wit is added to the verb in order to indicate the grammatical function of plurality. This suffix does not change the meaning of the word “sleeping”, and only indicates the meaning that there are plural nouns (“they”) (p. 8).
Jacobs (2013).