Inflective language

(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.

See also: Inflective

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It is an inflective language with several analytical forms, three dialects, and German syntactical influence.
The morphology of agglutinative languages is also finite, thought the number of possible word forms is much greater than in an inflective language.
In this section, we discuss how to develop an automatic morphological analysis system for an inflective language spending less effort and applying more intuitive and flexible morphological models.
An effectively implementable model of morphology of an inflective language (in Russian).
On the other hand, inflective languages have the following features:
Note that in inflective languages it is common the usage of O morpheme (empty morpheme), that expresses some grammemes by default (usually, most common grammemes like singular, third person, etc).
Examples of the inflective languages are Slavic languages (Russian, Czech, Polish, etc.
Computer methods of analysis that are perfectly suitable for languages with poor morphology (like English) or with agglutinative morphology (like Turk) can be not the best methods for inflective languages (like Russian).
Note that morphological system of inflective languages is finite and it is not very vast, so any method of analysis gives correct results, but not all methods are equally convenient and easy to implement.
Modem computers have the possibility of storing large databases containing all grammatical forms for inflective languages (a rough approximation for Spanish and Russian is 20 to 50 megabytes).
As we have mentioned, the main problem of automatic morphological analysis of inflective languages is usually stem alternations.