ASPECTS OF MIGILI MORPHOLOGY

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ASPECTS OF MIGILI MORPHOLOGY

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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CHAPTER ONE

1.0 General Introduction

1.1. Historical Background

1.2 Socio – Linguistic Profile

1.2.1 Occupation

1.2.2 Festival

1.2.3 Religion

1.2.4 Marriage

1.2.5 Mode of Dressing

1.3 Genetic Classification

1.4 Scope of Study

1.5 Organization of Study

1.6 Research Methodology

CHAPTER TWO

2.0 Introduction

2.1 Literature Review

2.2 Basic Phonological Concepts

2.3 Sound Inventory

2.3.0 Migili Vowel Sounds

2.3.1 Migili Consonant Sounds

2.3.2 Sound Distribution

2.3.3 Distribution of Migili Vowel Sounds

2.3.4 Distribution of Migili Consonant Sounds

2.4 Tone Inventory

2.4.0 Tone Combination

2.5 Syllable Inventory

2.6 Basic Morphological Concepts

2.7 Morphemes

2.8 Types of Morphemes

2.8.0 Free Morphemes

2.8.1 Bound Morphemes

2.9 Structural Functions of Morphemes

2.10 Structural Positions of Morphemes

2.11 Syntactic Functions of Morphemes

2.12 Language Typologies

2.12.0 Fusion Language

2.12.0 Agglutinating Language

2.12.1 Isolating Language

CHAPTER THREE

3.0 Introduction

3.1 Morphemes

3.2 Types of Morphemes

3.2.1 Free Morphemes

3.2.2 Bound Morphemes

3.3 Functions of Morphemes

3.3.1 Derivational Function of Morphemes

3.3.2 Inflectional Function of Morphemes

CHAPTER FOUR

4.0 Introduction

4.1 Morphological Processes

4.1.1 Affixation

4.1.2 Borrowing

4.1.3 Compounding

4.1.4 Reduplication

4.1.5 Refashioning

CHAPTER FIVE

5.0 Introduction

5.1 Summary

5.2 Observations

5.3 Conclusion

5.4 Recommendations

References

CHAPTER ONE

1.0 GENERAL INTRODUCTION

Language is the universal fabric that holds every individual of a community together. An instrument, used by man for communication within his environment, without which there would be no meaningful relationship between the human world. Language can also be referred to as the medium through which ideas, thoughts, and other forms of human communication are expressed or carried out.

In the metal compartment where all possible, meaningful and acceptable words are formed, there are certain rules that must be followed or certain conditions met before any word can be viewed as acceptable in any language. The branch of linguistics that studies the compatibility of such combinations and proposes the rules for their formation is called MORPHOLOGY. The basic concept of this branch is the morpheme, the smallest meaningful unit in grammar which may constitute a word or part of a word.

Every language has its own set of morphological rules which are strictly adhered to by members of its community. Such members , (Native speakers) share a great deal of unconscious knowledge about their language which helps in the acquisition of their first language with little or no formal instructions. In connection to morphology, the Migili language has been duely investigated with a view to finding/revealing the aspects of its morphological set up.

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