bound morpheme

A morpheme that can only occur when bound to a root morpheme. For example, -ed, -ing, -ly.

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  • Bound morpheme — In etymology, a bound morpheme is a root morpheme that cannot stand alone as an independent word. To determine if a root is bound, strip the root of all of its affixes (prefixes and suffixes). If the remaining root is not a word, that root is a… …   Wikipedia

  • bound morpheme — noun a morpheme that occurs only as part of a larger construction; eg an s at the end of plural nouns • Syn: ↑bound form • Hypernyms: ↑morpheme • Hyponyms: ↑combining form, ↑affix * * * ˈbound form 7 [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Morpheme — Examples Unbreakable comprises three morphemes: un (a bound morpheme signifying not ), break (the root, a free morpheme), and able (a bound morpheme signifying doable ). Allomorphs of the plural morpheme for regular nouns: /s/ (e.g. in cats… …   Wikipedia

  • bound form — noun a morpheme that occurs only as part of a larger construction; eg an s at the end of plural nouns • Syn: ↑bound morpheme • Hypernyms: ↑morpheme • Hyponyms: ↑combining form, ↑affix * * * a linguistic form that never occurs by itself but always …   Useful english dictionary

  • morpheme — noun /ˈmɔː(r)fiːm/ The smallest linguistic unit within a word that can carry a meaning, such as un , break , and able in the word unbreakable . The word pigs consists of two morphemes: pig (a particular animal) and s (indication of the plural).… …   Wiktionary

  • morpheme — Synonyms and related words: IC analysis, accidence, affix, affixation, allomorph, bound morpheme, conjugation, cutting, declension, derivation, difference of form, enclitic, form, formative, free form, glosseme, icon, immediate constituent… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • bound — bound1 [bound] vi. [MFr bondir < OFr, to leap, make a noise, orig., to echo back < LL bombitare, to buzz, hum < L bombus, a humming: see BOMB] 1. to move with a leap or series of leaps 2. to spring back from a surface after striking it,… …   English World dictionary

  • morpheme — noun Etymology: French morphème, from Greek morphē form Date: 1926 a distinctive collocation of phonemes (as the free form pin or the bound form s of pins) having no smaller meaningful parts • morphemic adjective • morphemically adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • morpheme — The minimal unit of grammar . Free forms of morphemes are those that can occur as separate words; bound forms are items such as affixes and suffixes that must be recognized as components of grammatical structure. Morphology studies morphemes, and …   Philosophy dictionary

  • Free morpheme — In linguistics, free morphemes (sometimes also referred to as unbound morphemes) are morphemes that can stand alone, unlike bound morphemes, which occur only as parts of words. In the English sentence colourless green ideas sleep furiously , for… …   Wikipedia

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