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Agglutinative Languages

 

languages whose characteristic morphological feature is word formation and word change through agglutination.

Among the agglutinative languages are the Turkic languages; the Finno-Ugric languages; the Tungus-Manchurian, Korean, and Japanese languages; some of the American Indian languages; and a number of African languages. Agglutinative languages are contrasted to flective or flectional languages, although agglutinative languages also exhibit traits of flection (for example, Finnish and Udmurt), while flective languages make some use of agglutination.

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E-Hitz: A word-frequency list and a program for deriving psycholinguistic statistics in an agglutinative language (Basque).
Similarity consists in highly developed prefixation and suffixation but in Zulu both are used in a way typical for agglutinative languages, this certainly holds for noun prefixes.
Quechua--or, more properly, Runasimi, meaning literally "People Mouth"--is an agglutinative language, adding syllables onto a root to form long, meaningful words.
Yup'ik is an agglutinative language, in which base words change and become more subtle through the addition of postbases (or modifying suffixes), generally one or two, though half a dozen is not unusual.
Consider their language: Kurlansky mentions the fact that it is an agglutinative language, similar to Finnish and Hungarian, but he doesn't seem to be aware of the most recent determinations, namely, that Basque is a vestige of the language of the Aquitanian people, the last pre-Indo European language group to survive in the area extending from the Pyrcnecs to the Garonne and on down to present-day Navarre.
There are hotlinks to the glossary but the glossary entries are somewhat skimpy, and are not comprehensive While there is an entry for agglutinative language, there is no glossary entry for isolating and inflecting languages.
In this connection, it is worth saying that one of the most challenging findings of this study - that the sheer mass and urgency of recent importations from Italian and from English are causing Maltese to drift somewhat from its Semitic moorings, making it more of an agglutinative language (see especially p.
From the typological point of view, Eastern Mansi can be characterized as an agglutinative language.
One could just as well speculate than an agglutinative language makes it relatively easy for the minority-language speaker to strip the words from the superimposed language from their inflectional affixes and insert only word stems (Stephan Prochazka, July 31, 2000, personal communication).
Like Turkish, Hungarian is an agglutinative language, and one could spend an entire lifetime learning the myriad idioms of English.
seems to have been a clearly agglutinative language with a rich morphology: at least five case endings, personal and possessive suffixes, number markers, several derivational suffixes etc.
As for the three agglutinative languages, Hungarian, Basque and Georgian, each has its preferred CA-frame, i.