The Word: Exploring Morphology and the Human Experience
The Word is an exploration in morphology. Morphology is the study of words and how they are formed using morphemes.
A morpheme is often, but not always, a word that stands alone with its own meaning. Lexical morphemes are an open class, meaning you can combine them to invent new words with an entirely new meaning of a concept or idea within a culture, or as a universal imprint that permeates the human experience.
The Word was inspired by a book called Lost In Translation by Ella Frances Sanders. The book focuses on words found throughout the world and in different cultures that define and express universal human ideas, concepts, experiences and habits.
In some cultures there are words that cannot be defined outside of that specific language or cultural lens. This is what we’re after. The Word keeps us on our toes with a watchful eye to recognize mundane instances spread across the human experience and our own peculiar behavior.
And now it’s our turn to bring you The Word. Home for The Word and all that it dictates. Its ability to form abstract ideas into concrete understanding by giving meaning to the noise we make from our sound holes (Some more than others).
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