Fall 2021 - LING 323 D100

Morphology (3)

Class Number: 1704

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 5018, Burnaby

    Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 5030, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    One of LING 301W, 309W or 482W.



Word structure in natural languages and its relationship to phonological and syntactic levels of grammar.


This course will establish foundations in morphological analysis, providing descriptive and analytical techniques for analyzing the internal structure of words. These foundations will be used to solve problems in typologically different morphological systems and assess theoretical constructs in linguistics. Linguistic argumentation skills will also be taught and evaluated in both in-class exams and take-home assignments.


Morphological categories, e.g., affixes, allomorphs, stems; morphological processes, e.g., affixation, reduplication, non-concatenative morphology, compounding; hierarchical structure of words; cross-linguistic typology of morphological systems; word inflection versus word derivation; paradigms and the nature of the lexicon; problem solving in selected languages.


  • Short Exams 45%
  • Homework Assignments 35%
  • Article Summaries (2) 20%


Enrollment restrictions in LING 300 and 400 level courses: 70-75% of the seats are reserved for declared LING/COGS Major, Joint Major, and Honours program student and 25-30% for Extended Minor program students only until open enrollment begins on July 26, 2021.


Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities at http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/undergraduate/standards.html.

Please note that a grade of “FD” (Failed-Dishonesty) may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.




  • Martin Haspelmath and Andrea Sims (2015, 2nd ed.) Understanding Morphology. London: Arnold.
  • Electronic journal articles on Canvas

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities.

Please note that a grade of “FD” (Failed-Dishonesty) may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.

All student requests for accommodations for their religious practices must be made in writing by the end of the first week of classes or no later than one week after a student adds a course.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.