I am confused as to whether "this" and "these" belong to the same lexeme

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    The Wikipedia article begins:"A lexeme (/ˈlɛksiːm is a unit of lexical meaning that underlies a set of words that are related through inflection." Does that not answer your question? – Colin Fine Nov 13 '20 at 20:57
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    It might if there were a common meaning of underlies. The fact is that any technical term can be defined any way at all. Lexeme can be defined to include this and these in one lexeme, or as two. Demonstratives like this have little or no lexical meaning, which is the point of "lexemes". Run is a lexeme in runner, running, runs, ran because they have related meanings; this has no meaning at all outside a deictic context. It's not what you'd call a "lexical item", like you could runner. – jlawler Nov 13 '20 at 22:45
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    @Luna. I would say yes. "Lexeme" is defined as 'a unit corresponding to a word seen abstractly enough to include all of its inflectional forms, e.g. take, takes, took, taken and taking are the forms of the lexeme take’. Similarly with nouns: the plural form friends is an inflectional form of the lexeme friend. It follows that the determinative these is the plural form of the lexeme this. – BillJ Nov 14 '20 at 8:37

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