(noun) The smallest meaningful linguistic unit in a language.
Example: Prefixes, stems, and suffixes. Such as in the word undefinable: “un-” (prefix), define (stem), and “-able” (suffix).
Audio Pronunciation: (mor·pheme)
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- Plural: morphemes
- Morphemes are compared and contrasted with phonemes.
- Linguistics (adverb) morphemically (adjective) study morphemic or (adjective) morphematic parts of words
- Sociolinguistics Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “morpheme” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
How to Cite the Definition of Morpheme
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “morpheme.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 16, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/morpheme/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
morpheme. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/morpheme/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “morpheme.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 16, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/morpheme/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“morpheme.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2015. Web. 16 Jun. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/morpheme/>.