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Morphotactics represent the ordering restrictions in place on the ordering of morphemes. Etymologically, it can be translated as "the set of rules that define how morphemes (morpho) can touch (tactics) each other".

Example of a morphotactic rules[edit]

(in English)

  1. Plural ^s follows Noun
  2. ^z cannot follow Noun [meaningless - see talk page]

Common morphotactic model[edit]

Finite-state machine and Graph are the two models which are often used as a set of rules for morphotactics.


  • Morphology and Computation, By Richard William Sproat. MIT Press: 1992, p. 83. [1]
  • Finite-state non-concatenative morphotactics By Kenneth R. Beesley and Lauri Karttunen 2000. In Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting on Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL '00). Association for Computational Linguistics