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polysynthetic

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The Ancient Greek prefix poly- + synthetic < [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] synthesis (collection, set, composition) < Ancient Greek σύνθεσις (composition) < συντίθημι (to put together, combine) < συν- (together) + τίθημι (to put, place) < Proto-Indo-European *dʰe- (to put, to do).

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polysynthetic (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

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polysynthetic

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  1. (grammar) said of a language, characterized by a prevalence of relatively long words containing a large number of morphemes. Typically, the morphemes are bound (i.e., they cannot stand alone as independent words). An example of a polysynthetic language is Ojibwe, where:
    • baataanitaaanishinaabemong = "being able to speak Ojibwe."
    • ngiinitaaozhibii'amaadimin = "we used to write to each other."

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