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CD3366 Term Project Spring 2004
Brown's Fourteen Morphemes
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Morpheme

 

Example

Age of Mastery

(in months)

Present progressive -ing

(no auxillary verb)

Mommy driving

19-28

In

Ball in cup.

27-30

On

Doggie on sofa.

27-30

Regular plural -s

Kitties eat my ice cream.

     Forms: /s/, /z/, and /Iz/

     Cats (/k&ts/)

     Dogs (/dOgz/)

     Classes (/kl&sIz/ )

      wishes (/wiSIz/) )

27-33

Irregular past

Came, fell, broke, sat, went

25-46

Possessive 's

Mommy's balloon broke.

     Forms: /s/, /z/, and /Iz/ as in regular plural

26-40

Uncontractible copula (verb to be as main verb)

He is. (Response to "Who's sick?")

27-39

Articles

I see a kitty.

I throw the ball to daddy.

28-46

Regular past -ed

Mommy pulled the wagon.

Forms: /d/, /t/, and /Id/

     Pulled (pUld/)

    Walked (wOkt/)

   Gided (glaIdid/)

26-48

Regular third- person -s

Kathy hits.

    Forms: /s/, /z/, and /Iz/ as in regular plural.

26-46

Irregular third person

Does, has

28-50

Uncontractible auxiliary

He is. (response to "Who's wearing your hat?")

29-48

Contractible copula

Man's big.

Man is big.

29-49

Contractible auxiliary

Daddy's drinking juice.

Daddy is drinking juice.

30-50