Inflective language

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(Philol.) a language like the Greek or Latin, consisting largely of stems with variable terminations or suffixes which were once independent words. English is both agglutinative, as, manlike, headache, and inflective, as, he, his, him. Cf. Agglutinative.

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In isolating languages like English, these grammatical categories are represented by independent morphs as opposed to their representation in agglutinative and fusional languages like Kiswahili which mark these categories by use of dependent morphs attached to roots or stems of words.
These studies illustrate the relevance of this unit in both concatenative languages (see Hyman and Turtle on Bantu and Athabascan respectively), as well as fusional languages (see Hohenberger sign languages).