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Hello all,

Click HERE for a correspondence about an investigation of relatives of the word <exclude>. 

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I've just started leading another 5-session on-line video conference course on SWI. We've only had one class so far, but it has already been so rich. We started by responding to an investigation of <climate> that a teacher new to SWI had jumped into with her class. That gave us the opportunity to study the difference between the terms "base" and "root" to make better sense of morphological families and etymological families. We got to do a  close read of Etymonline and see how to use it to collect a family of etymological relatives to get  bank of words that we could analyze with word sums to find morpholgical relatives that could be represented in a matrix. 

Perhaps my favourite aspect of that lesson was how it showed that being willing to have a go and share our mistakes was such a rich way to push all our learning forward. 

Then right after that session, Sandi, a teacher in the course jumped into an investigation of the word <exclude> using a similar process. She shared some questions with me that turned into a rich correspondence to revisit and deepen understanding of concepts from that first session. With  Sandi's permission I shared that correspondence with the group and thought I'd also share it here so that others have access to the trail of learning we are taking.

I'd be curious to know from any readers not in this course if this correspondence was helpful to you without having been in the course that sparked it!

See what you think. 



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So, would I be correct that the issue with these two words is that we have two bound bases which are derived from related forms of the same root? By that I mean that the base <clude> is derived from the root claudere and the base <cluse> (if that is in fact the base) is derived from a declination of the same root? That seems to be true with many words.

Kathy Hoben
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