Morphological Productivity of Yorùbá Numerals


    This paper discusses the morphological productivity of Yorùbá numerals where some morphological processes such as clipping, blending, compounding and reduplication were analyzed. It is aim at displaying the arithmetic operation of Yorùbá numerals from complex to simple and or from long to short words. Observation technique was used in the process of data collection and based on word-based morphology theory. The result of the analysis shows that numerals in the Yorùbá language require some arithmetic exercise in a way that stimulates intelligence. It also found out that, the Yorùbá numeral has many structures of counting, unlike other languages. However, it observed that, the numerical system in general has lexical items that represent the base numbers which are characterized by various possible combinations to the cardinal numerical resources in order to build up an increasing system of counting by means of productive mechanism. Furthermore, the word-formation rules here perform a unique operation on the word base to produce a new word where both the new word and the base share a morphological and semantic relationship.

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    author/Abdullahi Bashir

    journal/Zamfara IJOH Vol. 1 Issue 3