morpheme

DEFINITIONS OF: morpheme

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n minimal meaningful language unit; it cannot be divided into smaller meaningful units

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allomorph
a variant phonological representation of a morpheme
free form, free morpheme
a morpheme that can occur alone
bound form, bound morpheme
a morpheme that occurs only as part of a larger construction; eg an -s at the end of plural nouns
classifier
a word or morpheme used in some languages in certain contexts (such as counting) to indicate the semantic class to which the counted item belongs
ending, termination
the end of a word (a suffix or inflectional ending or final morpheme)
combining form
a bound form used only in compounds
affix
a linguistic element added to a word to produce an inflected or derived form
postfix, suffix
an affix that is added at the end of the word
inflectional ending, inflectional suffix
an inflection that is added at the end of a root word
morphophoneme
(linguistics) the phonemes (or strings of phonemes) that constitute the various allomorphs of a morpheme
Type of:
language unit, linguistic unit
one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed
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