Morphology: Affix and Word Essay

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COURSEWORK 1
Topic 4: Morphology
Question 2: The knowledge of morphology can contribute to our understanding of English vocabulary and grammar better and help us in our future role as an English teacher. Morphology is the study of the system of rules underlying our knowledge of the structure of words (Kristin Denham, Anne Lobeck, 2013). It is also known as the branch of linguistics that studies the structure of words and different patterns of word formation. In this essay, I will discuss how the knowledge of morphology can contribute to our understanding of English vocabulary and grammar better and how this knowledge can help us in our future role as an English teacher. The knowledge of morphology can be applied among the teachers
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Morphology also helps us a lot in understanding the origin of a word or we can also say it as etymology. Etymology is the study of origins of words. For example, etymology can tell us that the noun muscle is actually derived from the Latin word musculus. As we study the etymology in morphology, we can know where the word comes from and help us to look into the history of the word itself. Borrowing is the most common process in order to identify the origin of a word which refers to the process of taking words from other languages and making them part of English words. In English, there are so many words that are borrowed from other languages such as French, Latin, Greek and Arabic language. English take words from certain languages and formed their own permanent words. Words like ‘candy’ and ‘coffee’ are originated from Arabic words and become English words. Other than that, some examples of English words borrowed from French words are ‘ballet’, ‘entrepreneur’ and also ‘fiancé’. Morphology can help us to improve our knowledge in English as well as other languages when we encounter the word in our teaching. Sometimes we usually have heard about the word in other language, but due to our lack of information and knowledge, we just keep it to ourselves. So by learning morphology, it can help us as a future English teacher to be able to understand and know certain words in both

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