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What is a free morpheme?

 

Definition
 

A free morpheme is a grammatical unit that can occur by itself. However, other morphemes such as affixes can be attached to it.

 
Also known as:

unbound morpheme

Example (English)
 

The morpheme dog

Generic
  A free morpheme is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 88

 

Mish 1991 490


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