Poly-morphemic words are are words that are morphologically complex. This means that the word contains 2 or more morphemes.


  • Hul’q’umi’num’:
    • /qwə-híləm/ ‘go through’ is composed of two morphemes: the base qwe ‘pass through’ and the suffix /-íləm/ ‘move towards.’ (Suttles, p. 18, 2003)
  • Skwxwú7mesh

  • Secwepemctsín:
    • The example below is an example of a poly-morphemic word in Secwepemctsín. The word is composed of two morphemes: kwalt- and –k.
(Lai, 1996, p. 9)