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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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Words were grouped by common morphemes, for example, words like native, nature, natural, naturally, naturalistic, nation, national, nationwide, nationality, all connected by the root morpheme nat--(root morpheme meaning source, birth or tribe).
When third person nonsingular agent morpheme occurs before the negative prefix, it is deleted.
The word-building structure of terms-derived words contains a large number of word-building models, the most productive ones consisting of verbal root morpheme and suffixes.
To phrase it in a different way, the fact that in a variety of languages Source expressions are built by adding a morpheme to an already constructed Goal expression provides evidence in favor of a hierarchical structure where Source paths are built on top of Goal paths.
There was much less confusion over the word kangaroo, which also has one morpheme but does not have letters at the end that look like a suffix (i.
The general pattern that is emerging from examples [2a] through [2c] is that the vowel realization of immediately preceding morpheme depends on the nature of the place of articulation of the immediately following vowel of the class affix.
The syntactic complexity of maternal utterances was assessed using mean length of utterance (MLU) in morphemes based on all the complete and intelligible utterances produced.
Even if the process of grammaticalization can be located in a particular word or morpheme, it is often described as occurring in a particular context:
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Since the half ended, Eidos has reduced staff numbers at its development studio Crystal Dynamics - putting the studio's focus solely on the Tomb Raider franchise - and also closed Rockpool Games and Morpheme Game Studios in a bid to cut costs.