morpheme

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mor·pheme

(mōr'fēm),
The smallest linguistic unit with a meaning.
[G. morphē, form + -eme, from phoneme, G. phēmē, utterance]

morpheme

The smallest semantically meaningful unit of a spoken language (words, prefixes or suffixes) that have discrete meanings. The formal study of morphemes is termed morphology.

morpheme

(mor'fem)
The smallest meaningful grammatical unit in a language (e.g., the s in “beds”).
See: phoneme

morpheme

The smallest element of speech that conveys either factual or grammatical information. Compare with phoneme which is a speech sound that serves to distinguish one word from another.
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Figure 1, adapted from Goksel (2001), shows the schema for possible morpheme slots available for verbs (excluding derivational morphemes that may immediately follow the verb root) in main clauses.
When we look at other types of nonverbal constructions that involve the coordination of Noun Phrases, the morphological wordhood of non-final conjuncts also holds to be a crucial requirement for the suspension of all nominal affixes except for (i) derivational morphemes, and (ii) the possessive when it co-occurs with the plural morpheme.
Although the same condition holds for the following coordinate constructions in (40), there seems to be a strict constraint on the suspension of derivational morphemes.
One would rather think not in terms of two (different) types of derivational morphemes but in terms of a continuum, which will, easily and satisfactorily enough, embrace all the complex forms discussed here above.
Nevertheless, the idea of distinctions between respective derivational morphemes being viewed as gradual and representing a continuum is welcomed.
Preroot derivational morphemes in Tagalog exhibit qualities that should compel us to classify them as prefixes.