Definition of allomorph in English:

allomorph

Syllabification: al·lo·morph
Pronunciation: /ˈaləˌmôrf
 
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noun

Linguistics
  • Any of the versions of a morpheme, such as the plural endings /s/ (as in bats) /, z/ (as in bugs), and /iz/ (as in buses) for the plural morpheme.
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    • It requires the distribution of allomorphs according to orthographic criteria.
    • In the analysis, /miso/ can be decomposed into /mi/ ‘three’ and /so/, an allomorph of /to:/ ‘ten’.

Derivatives

allomorphic

Pronunciation: /ˌaləˈmôrfik/
adjective
More example sentences
  • You'd need more examples of the two deletion rules, more examples of the ‘k’ being its own suffix and not allomorphic with ‘nak’, and you'd need to have good reason to associate [pa] as being the base of [panak].
  • In this paper, I propose an account of the allomorphic alternation of the lexical passive construction in terms of Information Theory.

Origin

1940s: from allo- 'other, different' + morpheme.

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