MORPHOLOGY: a traditional term indicating that verbs can be classified according to the shape of the inflectional endings they may take. See also declension class. Russian provides a clear case of a conjugational system. Verbs inflect for person and number in the non-past tense, and also have an imperative, an infinitive, and several participles. EXAMPLE: in one conjugational class a verb consists of a root morpheme followed by the conjugational marker -a- (preconsonantal) or -aj- (prevocalic); in the second conjugational class, the verbal root is followed by the conjugational marker -i-.
(i) del-a-t 'to do' govor-i-t 'to speak' 2.sg. del-aj-e® govor-i-® 2.pl. del-aj-ete govor-i-te imperative pl. del-aj-te govor-i-te past part.act. del-a-l govor-i-l pres.part.pas. del-aj-emyj govor-i-myj