Inflectional language is a type of language characterised by inflections, neologisms and compositions. In contrast to agglutinative languages, word endings, called affixes, are closely connected to the root word in inflectional languages. German and Latin are examples of inflectional languages.
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Inflectional language is a subcategory of synthetic languages. In inflectional language construction, grammatical categories are expressed by so-called inflectional endings.
Yes. In German, grammatical units are often expressed in affixes. In particular, the complex number and case markings are signs that German is an inflectional language.
In language typology, a synthetic language structure is a categorisation of languages that express grammatical information through inflections of sentence elements.
Contrary to what one would initially assume, inflections also occur in agglutinative languages. The subtle difference between inflectional and agglutinative languages lies in the affixes. While words in inflectional languages usually contain an affix that contains multiple grammatical information, words in agglutinative languages such as Japanese or Turkish are often composed of several inflectional morphemes. A word can be very long or even a whole sentence.