English 336: Linguistics
Extra Exercise on Morphology

Dr. Tina L. Hanlon

Associate Professor of English
Ferrum College
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Based on exercise 3 in Fromkin, Rodman, and Hyams, 8th ed., chap. 3, p. 108

Match the expressions on the left with the correct morphological description on the right.
I.      
________ (a) wifely, wifehood, wifeless   1. compound noun
________ (b) take a wife   2. root morpheme plus derivational prefix
________ (c) his wife   3. phrase consisting of adjective plus noun
________ (d) tall wife   4. root morpheme plus inflectional suffix
________ (e) housewife   5. root morpheme plus derivational suffix
________ (f) wives   6. grammatical morpheme followed by lexical morpheme
________ (g) exwife   7. idiom
       
II.      
________ (a) lives   1. compound noun
________ (b) a life   2. root morpheme plus derivational prefix
________ (c) long life   3. phrase consisting of adjective plus noun
________ (d) lifeguard, lifetime, lifeblood   4. root morpheme plus inflectional suffix
________ (e) for the life of me   5. root morpheme plus derivational suffix
________ (f) relive   6. grammatical morpheme followed by lexical morpheme
________ (g) lifelike, lifeless   7. idiom
III.      
________ (a) running   1. compound noun
________ (b) brief run   2. root morpheme plus derivational prefix
________ (c) run for office, run across   3. phrase consisting of adjective plus noun
________ (d) runner, runny   4. root morpheme plus inflectional suffix
________ (e) rerun   5. root morpheme plus derivational suffix
________ (f) runway, run-of-the-mill   6. grammatical morpheme followed by lexical morpheme
________ (g) to run   7. idiom
IV.      
________ (a) the coat off his back   1. compound noun
________ (b) recoat   2. root morpheme plus derivational prefix
________ (c) coated   3. phrase consisting of adjective plus noun
________ (d) ugly coat   4. root morpheme plus inflectional suffix
________ (e) my coat   5. root morpheme plus derivational suffix
________ (f) turncoat   6. grammatical morpheme followed by lexical morpheme
________ (g) coater   7. idiom