Definition of allomorph in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaləmɔːf/


Any of two or more actual representations of a morpheme, such as the plural endings s (as in bats), z (as in bugs), and ɪz (as in buses).
Example sentences
  • 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’.



Pronunciation: /aləˈmɔːfɪk/
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.


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

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: allo|morph

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