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What is a lexical form?

 

Definition
 

A lexical form is an abstract unit representing a set of wordforms differing only in inflection and not in core meaning.

 

It is a component part of a lexical unit.

Examples (English)
 
  • The lexeme, brooch n. 'a large ornamental pin with a clasp, worn by women' has a single lexical unit with a single lexical form representing the two wordforms, brooch and brooches.
  • The primary sense of the lexeme ignite vt. 'to set fire to' is a single lexical unit with a single lexical form representing several wordforms such as, ignite, ignited, ignites and igniting.

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