Questions tagged [morpheme]

for questions about morphemes.

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Allomorph or suppletion?

Buy / Bought - are these two words allomorphs (of the "past tense" morpheme), or do they represent the phenomenon of suppletion, or perhaps both? Help!
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Why isn't {-able} considered a free morpheme?

So the question is that if the morpheme, {-able}, is considered a bound morpheme, however, I am not sure why it cannot be used by itself and be considered a free morpheme, i.e. I am able to do this. ...
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Is the correct pronunciation of “Have you seen Mary's book” “Mary book”?

So there is this question about the pronunciation of the noun possessive inflection. A certain text states that a zero allomorph is used by certain American English speakers for the noun possessive ...
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Morpheme 'li' in friendliness

In class today the word 'friendliness' was split up into three morphemes rather than my prefered two. I don't understand why 'li' has claim to be a morpheme rather than 'liness', which seems to be ...
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Is “best” monomorphemic?

Is the word best monomorphemic? I'm not too sure about this. Can someone please help?
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Is there a term for the part of a word that “pluralizes” it?

For example, what is the "s" in "apples" or the "ies" in "ponies" called? I found that "morpheme" is probably close, since that's just the smallest grammatical unit in a language, but that's not ...
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number of morphemes in “liver”

So my understanding is that all morphemes are either "free" morphemes (can exist on their own as words with meaning) or "bound" morphemes (can't exist on their own as words, which means that every ...
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Can foreign words be reduced into English morphemes?

In class today, during an activity when we were given the task of breaking down a list of words into morphemes, I had a disagreement with a professor who tried to convince me that the word "...
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Is there such a thing as a dictionary that lists all the words for a given morpheme?

I've just discovered what a morpheme is. The article I read on the subject listed many morphemes and gave examples words of each type but the list of words for each morpheme was not exhaustive. I've ...
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What are lexemes and morphemes? [closed]

I am preparing for my TOEFL test and want to increase my vocabulary. Can anybody please tell me what lexemes and morphemes are, and why they are important? I have Googled the terms but I need the ...
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What is the root morpheme of a word when 'y' turns into 'ies' or 'ier'?

Suppose I have to write out the root morpheme and the bound morpheme. Consider the word 'happier'. I've seen some examples, for example here on the second slide: http://www.slideshare.net/mobile/...
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Do the words 'poster' and 'mixer' have one or two morphemes?

The words 'Driver', 'writer' and 'player' are composed of base and -er morpheme, which have the meaning of the one who writes or drives..., whereas 'mixer' doesn't mean the one who mixes, does it mean ...
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Why Greek morphemes over Latin, or Latin over Greek? *A Call to Lexicographers*

Is there a rationale behind why certain English words take Greek morphemes (or affixes) over Latin morphemes, and vice versa? Why do certain Greek morphemes become standard English idiom over Latin ...