Meaning of agglutinative in English:


Pronunciation /əˈɡluːtɪnətɪv/

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  • (of a language, e.g. Hungarian, Turkish, Korean, and Swahili) tending to express concepts in complex words consisting of many elements, rather than by inflection or by using isolated elements.

    Contrasted with analytic and synthetic

    ‘The Korean language is agglutinative and usually regarded as a Uro-Altaic language.’
    • ‘The hallmark of agglutinative languages is multisyllabic words composed of linear sequences of morphemes.’
    • ‘The fact that Arabic is an agglutinative language with a complex affix structure involving prefixes, infixes and suffixes presents a special case for testing the general assumption of this study.’
    • ‘One interesting aspect should be the interaction between task and word types because there are many inflected verbs in the agglutinative Turkish.’
    • ‘As Finnish is an agglutinative language, it is not surprising that inflectional difficulties were shown to be the first impairment marker among at-risk children.’