Questions tagged [morphemes]

for questions about morphemes.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0 votes
1 answer
54 views

Is this word an example of agglutination or compounding? [closed]

One of the longest words* in the English dictionary is supercalifraglisticexpialidocious and introduced in the OED in 1931. However, is this word an example of compounding or agglutination. People say ...
user avatar
  • 1
0 votes
1 answer
351 views

What does the -mate suffix mean and where does it come from?

What does the suffix "-mate" mean? It makes a word into a verb, like with automate or decimate, but does it actually have a meaning? Is it perhaps Greek for "to make" or something?
user avatar
  • 2,107
1 vote
2 answers
140 views

What is the origin of -oid in ‘factoid’? [closed]

I was thinking about the words ‘factoid’ (a statement based on assumption) and ‘fact’. Are these words unrelated or is -oid a bound morpheme in this case? If it is a morpheme, what exactly does -oid ...
user avatar
  • 419
0 votes
0 answers
40 views

Plural affix in the Oxford English Dictionary

I cannot find an entry for the plural affix in the OED (-es, -s , 's, s), unlike say for -en. Also for -ed we have : -ed, suffix1, -ed, suffix2, -d, -t, suffix1, -t, suffix2, etc. What are the ...
user avatar
  • 2,187
2 votes
0 answers
76 views

Latin/Greek morpheme meaning 'fundamental'?

Is there a Latin or Greek prefix or suffix out there that can be added to a word to make it mean the fundamental from which everything is derived? Here's an example. You've got linguistics, that is ...
user avatar
  • 2,107
0 votes
0 answers
89 views

Whence the English Plural -s? [duplicate]

There are many questions here unsure about the difference between user's/users'/users guide and the like, whether that's called posessive, genitive or whatever. bridesmaid for example clearly does ...
user avatar
  • 771
1 vote
1 answer
496 views

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!
user avatar
  • 11
0 votes
1 answer
2k views

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. ...
user avatar
7 votes
4 answers
5k views

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 ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
928 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 79
2 votes
1 answer
1k views

Is "best" monomorphemic?

Is the word best monomorphemic? I'm not too sure about this. Can someone please help?
user avatar
  • 21
14 votes
5 answers
2k views

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 ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
1k views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 29
12 votes
6 answers
1k views

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 "...
user avatar
  • 1,700
1 vote
1 answer
3k views

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 ...
user avatar
0 votes
1 answer
383 views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 111
1 vote
1 answer
4k views

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/...
user avatar
0 votes
3 answers
1k views

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 ...
user avatar
  • 17
3 votes
3 answers
466 views

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 ...
user avatar