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Title: The lexeme
Post by: greek on September 04, 2022, 11:26:14 am
Let us therefore consider more closely what it is that is to be assigned meanings by a semantic theory. The notion of "word" that is most useful is that of the "lexeme" which is an abstract grammatical construct that underlies a set of "word forms" which represent "the same word" in different syntactic environments. For example, the word forms sing, sings, singing, sang and sung are particular inflectional variants of a lexeme which we may represent for the time being as SING.