free morpheme


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Noun1.free morpheme - a morpheme that can occur alone
morpheme - minimal meaningful language unit; it cannot be divided into smaller meaningful units
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A free morpheme is commonly referred to as a base word and is the smallest unit of meaning that can stand alone, such as shout and march.
Franklyn is a bi-syllabic name, consisting of a free morpheme, "Frank," and a suffix, "lyn," and enjoys a rich cultural heritage through its etymology.
11) The aspirated consonant in the second part of the compounds is present in the underlying form because it surfaces as such if it is a free morpheme, i.
For instance, a similar principle is Emonds' (1994) Economy of Derivation saying that, of two equivalent deep structures, the derivation with the insertion of the smallest number of free morphemes is to be preferred.