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A meaningful linguistic unit that cannot be divided into smaller meaningful parts. The word man and the suffix -ed (as in walked) are morphemes.

[French morphème, blend of Greek morphē, form and French phonème, phoneme; see phoneme.]

mor·phem′ic adj.
mor·phem′i·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.morphemic - of or relating to morphemes


[mɔːˈfiːmɪk] ADJmorfímico
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The base element <struct> is the basis morphemic unit, but it does not stand on its own as a word in English.
This chapter provides contemporary research into graphophonic instruction; extensive information about different levels of spelling knowledges--including morphemic and etymological knowledge; and retains the 'sequence of phonics instruction' that provides a guide for systematic instruction in the complexities of the speech sound-letter (phonographic) relationships of the English language.
(6) In constructive models--including morphemic approaches and stem- or root-based perspectives--fully-inflected wordforms are considered to be built up from sub-word recurrent partials.
The high-achieving spellers were conscious of morphemic elements in words and could draw on semantic features to help them spell less familiar words:
They exist in slightly different forms nowadays, but they have the same morphemic makeup as the old place-names.
the possible morphemic status of this word element), to the descriptive (e.g.
The first of the two spelling syllables shared an initial consonant (sometimes accompanied by a glide) or zero onset with the spelled syllable, and the second shared the rhyme, which included the main vowel, possibly a stop or nasal consonant, an off-glide, or, functionally speaking, a zero final if there was no consonant, and one of the morphemic pitch tones.
(5) It also means to highlight the morphemic quotients of the syllables: bio-auto-graphy is bio-logical-/auto-matic and auto-nomic-/graphing.
Morphemic analysis (prefixxes, suffixes, and root words) 5.
Marjorie Perloff confirmara posteriormente esta percepcion: "The limbo Goldsmith refers to was quite real: in the 1980s and '90s, the going view, especially in Anglo-America, where concrete poetry had never really caught on, was that the 1950s experiment in material poetics was ideologically suspect--too 'pretty,' too empty of 'meaningful' content, too much like advertising copy" (50), pero tambien agrega: "Such concretist texts--texts in which lettristic or morphemic form is inextricable from meaning--anticipate contemporary digital poetics, where letter, font, size, spacing, and color are used to generate complex verbovisual configurations" (13).
fleet phonetic and morphemic forms and their unfolding, expansive relations" (79).
Their study focuses on elementary schoolchildren, who successfully increase their English/Spanish vocabulary knowledge with tandem readingaloud activities of picture books and explicit activities, such as definitions, examples, imagery, and the morphemic analysis of words.