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.

See also: Inflective

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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It should be noted, however, that Hausa is a fusional language that does not usually allow for the identification of morpheme boundaries.
We may conclude that, especially in fusional languages, morphology plays a major role in individuating words, much more than in isolating languages where the syntactic position of a word establishes its function.
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.