Talk:Bound and unbound morphemes

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Merge candidate[edit]

Merge with Free Morpheme - both are part of the same definition (this being an inverse of Free or Unbounded Morpheme. A similar comment will be made in Unbounded Morpheme in the hope someone will combine these definitions! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jp adelaide (talkcontribs) 14:38, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

Antidote example[edit]

"Antidote" is not a good example of how to extract an unbound morpheme, as the "dote" in "antidote" comes from Greek. The English word "dote" is unrelated and its presence in English is coincidental. I'll replace it with a better example as soon as I can think of one. A. Parrot (talk) 21:54, 10 September 2008 (UTC)


Surely 'ten' is not a morpheme at all in this case? But part of the larger morpheme tenant?

Definitely so. That 'example' has been removed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:27, 3 November 2009 (UTC)

Nope. Restored. - Altenmann >t 17:54, 3 November 2009 (UTC)

'ten' is a morpheme here. Other examples would be 'untenable' and 'intention' (in the philosophical sense). Makeminemaudlin (talk) 07:01, 6 May 2010 (UTC)

It's a very confusing example though, as the "ten" in "tenant" is a cranberry morpheme. The example mixes two concepts. It's worth pointing out that a span of letters in a word might not refer to a word that they might form, as in "tenant". But it's confusing to then have "ten" happen to correspond to a different morpheme --- and then that morpheme happen to be a cranberry morpheme. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:41, 20 March 2011 (UTC)

Red-herring alert: The "ten" in "tenfold" has nothing to do with the "ten" in "tenant" and as such is completely irrelevant here. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:29, 19 February 2013 (UTC)

Are affixes always bound, or not?[edit]

This article—on bound morphemes—states that affixes are always bound. But the article on morphemes suggests that -able in unbreakable is an example of a free morpheme. Aboctok (talk) 18:05, 5 September 2011 (UTC)

The connection between the adjective suffix (often spelled "-ible" and never stressed in normally-connected speech) and the separate word "able" is somewhat remote in modern English... AnonMoos (talk) 01:52, 25 November 2012 (UTC)
It's not terribly remote; "<X>able" usually means "able to <X>" or "able to be <X>ed", and the suffix is productive in these senses. —Toby Bartels (talk) 11:30, 13 May 2014 (UTC)