IJLLL 2018 Vol.4(2): 121-124 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2018.4.2.160

Unique Morphs in Indonesian

I Dewa Putu Wijana
Abstract—This article deals with the use of unique morphs in Indonesian in accordance with their distribution, phonological correspondences, and semantic relations with the co constituents in Indonesian compound and phrase structures. By collecting data intuitively, and completed with ones from Indonesian Big Dictionary, data analysis applying distributional qualitative and quantitative methods shows that Indonesian unique morphs which are mostly nouns and adjectives can exist with co constituents which are either unique or non unique, following or preceding them. Because of continuous intensive borrowing from regional and foreign languages, most of the unique morphs do not show phonological correspondence with their co existing constituents, and semantically tend to modify the meaning of those constituents. Meanwhile, the unique morphs which phonologically have various correspondences with their co constituents are relatively constant in number, and semantically function to intensify the meaning of those constituents.

Index Terms—Compound, phonological correspondence, phrase, unique morph.

I Dewa Putu Wijana is with Faculty of Cultural Sciences, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (e-mail: idp_wijana@yahoo.com).

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Cite:I Dewa Putu Wijana, "Unique Morphs in Indonesian," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 121-124, 2018.

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