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Are the suffixes of such ordinal numbers as fir-st, seco-nd, thi-rd and six-th derivational or inflectional?

Introductory textbooks sometimes tout "changes the part of speech" as being the key feature of a derivational affix. But this definition has a lot of flaws, and you've run into one of them. ...
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How to split pronouns 'whom' and 'whose' into morphs?

Yes, tey come from Poto-Ind-Euopean accusative ending -m/-om and genitive ending -es/-os (according to other reconstructions, -osyos) respectively. Here is the (singular) declension of the PIE word ...
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How to split pronouns 'whom' and 'whose' into morphs?

You could analyze them that way, sure. Perhaps there's an -m morpheme that indicates the accusative case, as seen in who-m, hi-m, the-m. But I don't think this is a very useful analysis, ...
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How to translate words like "the" to other languages?

Determiners (the standard term for words like "the") have long been a problem for formal semantics, which I think is what you're trying to do here—translate a sentence into some formalized, ...
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