Anthony James, Olawoyin Sarah Adamu, Ojeyokan John Egwabor


This paper is a linguistic theoretical study of the unique qualities of the ‘s’ morpheme. It explores the phonological, semantic and syntactic features of the ‘s’ morpheme as used in our day-to-day conversations. The aim of this study is to highlight some salient qualities of the ‘-s’ morpheme. It is a known fact that the ‘-s’ morpheme is an inflectional morpheme; however, this study attempts to highlight more facts to show that beyond its inflectional role, it plays other linguistic roles that most times, the user of the English language undermines. Moreover, these other roles are nexus, because they connect the three areas of the English language: phonology, semantics and syntax. Samples of words are derived from different secondary sources and are analyzed phonologically, semantically and syntactically. The paper concludes that the ‘-s’ morpheme application in our daily written and oral expressions is not negligible.


Cet article est une étude théorique linguistique des qualités uniques du morphème 's'. Il explore les caractéristiques phonologiques, sémantiques et syntaxiques du morphème « s » tel qu'il est utilisé dans nos conversations quotidiennes. L'objectif de cette étude est de mettre en évidence certaines qualités saillantes du morphème '-s'. C'est un fait connu que le morphème '-s'est un morphème flexionnel ; cependant, cette étude tente de mettre en évidence plus de faits pour montrer qu'au-delà de son rôle d'inflexion, il joue d'autres rôles linguistiques que la plupart du temps, l'utilisateur de la langue anglaise sape. De plus, ces autres rôles sont liés, car ils relient les trois domaines de la langue anglaise : la phonologie, la sémantique et la syntaxe. Des échantillons de mots sont dérivés de différentes sources secondaires et sont analysés phonologiquement, sémantiquement et syntaxiquement. L'article conclut que l'application du morphème '-s'dans nos expressions écrites et orales quotidiennes n'est pas négligeable.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.46827/ejals.v5i1.357


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