Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Agglutinative Language


An agglutinative language is a language in which words are made up of a linear sequence of distinct morphemes and each component of meaning is represented by its own morpheme.


(Chuckchi, Northeastern Siberia)

t*E -meyN*E -levt*E -p*E*ft -*Erk*En

1 Sg -great -head -ache -Imperfective

I have a fierce headache.

This example consists of one word made up of five morphemes.



The opposite of a highly agglutinative language is a highly fusional language.