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    #1

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    "manhandled"

    How many morphemes in this word? what is the root of this word? and what is the hierarchy of forming it?


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    Re: root

    hand
    handle
    handled
    manhandled

    man, hand - two zero morphemes
    le - one ? morpheme
    d -one past tense morpheme

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    #3

    Re: root

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    hand
    handle
    handled
    manhandled

    man, hand - two zero morphemes
    le - one ? morpheme
    d -one past tense morpheme

    Thank you
    So, the root is "handle"
    then we add (e)d, the inflectional suffix to it to form the past tense of this verb and becomes "handled" ,and finally we add the lexical morpheme man to form the verb "manhandled".


    Is not it like this:
    handle
    manhandle
    manhandled
    ??
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    No, the root is hand, in my opinion.

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    #5

    Re: root

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    No, the root is hand, in my opinion.
    Is there a morpheme -le?
    in words like what for example?

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    #6

    Re: root

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    Is there a morpheme -le?
    in words like what for example?
    The Oxford Dictionary says that "le" is a suffix, often a diminutive, in words such as handle, thimble, beadle, bridle, bramble, girdle, buckle, bundle ...
    So, yes, it is a morpheme.

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    Re: root

    Thank you
    which kind of morpheme is it?
    derivational, lexical, inflectional, or grammatical?

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    #8

    Re: root

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    Thank you
    which kind of morpheme is it?
    derivational, lexical, inflectional, or grammatical?
    I'd have to think about it.


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    Derivational. Creates new meaning.

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