Unayko (unayko) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Morphology ~ Basic Terms

I've got some problems with the basic terms in the field of morphology. This may sound silly but i got problems with the differences between lexemes, stems, bases and roots.

afaik:

Lexemes are abstract units in the mental lexicon. (not flected).
Stems are the basis for inflected words (pretty much identical with lexemes)
Roots are he smallest units of the word (that are not divisible).
Bases are the morphological basis for the construction of complex words/word forms

But often they are identical, depending on the word. Can someone illustrate the difference with examples (i don't care about the language) or should i just learn it as it is and be happy with it?

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