Denoting or relating to a language characterized by complex words consisting of several morphemes, in which a single word may function as a whole sentence. Many American Indian languages are polysynthetic.
- As Geoff points out, the Inuit's polysynthetic language puts them in a strong position to make up descriptive words like this.
- Unlike English, Iñupiaq is a polysynthetic language - dozens of affixes can add nuance to the meaning of a simple noun like snow.
- Considering that Eskimo languages are polysynthetic it is difficult to compare them to English.
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