Lexeme Example

If you are wondering what a lexeme is, you have come to the right place. In this article, I give you a brief introduction to what a lexeme is and give you an example of what a lexeme is.

What is a lexeme?

A lexeme is the smallest or minimal unit of lexicon in a language that bears meaning.

An example of a lexeme

Let’s look at the verb “work.” The word “work” can take the following forms:

  • working
  • worked
  • works

All of these reference the same lexeme, or root. You can think of a lexeme like a headword that you would see when you look up a word in a dictionary.

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What to read next

Make sure to read our article about deixis, another useful concept in semantics.



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