self-segregating morphology

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Self-segregating morphology is a morphology designed such that the morpheme boundaries can be easily determined from the phoneme sequence alone. Thus, parsing the language is much simplified and a major source of ambiguity is eliminated. Self-segregating morphology is frequently found in engelangs. A pure form of this is not found in natlangs and thus out of place in a naturalistic artlang. However, some natlangs have strict rules about accent placement within a word (e.g. Polish), or all vowels at the start of a morpheme may have a glottal stop (e.g. German).

A simple example of a self-segregating morphology is the following: Each morpheme consists of an alternating sequence of consonants and vowels, beginning and ending with a consonant. Under this rule, morpheme boundaries are marked by consonant clusters. For example, the wordform "balaklamballan"' can only be segmented as "balak-lam-bal-lan".