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1. (used with a pl. verb) The changes in pronunciation undergone by allomorphs of morphemes as they are modified by neighboring sounds, as the plural allomorphs in cat-s, dog-s, box-es, or as they are modified for grammatical reasons in the course of inflection or derivation, as house versus to house and housing.
2. (used with a sing. verb) The study of the morphophonemics of a language.

mor′pho·pho·ne′mic adj.


(Linguistics) (functioning as singular) linguistics the study of the phonemic realization of the allomorphs of the morphemes of a language
ˌmorphophoˈnemic adj


(ˌmɔr foʊ fəˈni mɪks, -fə foʊˈni-)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
1. the study of the relations between morphemes and their phonological realizations, components, or mappings.
2. the body of data concerning these relations in a given language.
mor`pho•pho•ne′mic, adj.


1. the study of the relations between morphemes and their phonetic realizations, components, or distribution contexts.
2. the body of data concerning these relations in a specific language. — morphophonemicist, n. — morphophonemic, adj.
See also: Linguistics
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Noun1.morphophonemics - the study of the phonological realization of the allomorphs of the morphemes of a language
descriptive linguistics - a description (at a given point in time) of a language with respect to its phonology and morphology and syntax and semantics without value judgments
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Here we join plural morpheme lAr/DAr (lAr/DAr is an adopted designation of plural affix, which after application of morphophonemics rules is transformed into one of final endings: lar/ler, dar/der, tar/ter) and correspondent Multichar Symbol: +Pl for the morphoanalysis.
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Words that were borrowed up until the 19th century which adjusted to Hebrew morphophonemics are not considered generally as loan words.
Remarks on the origins of morphophonemics in American structuralist linguistics.
Although Germanic reflexes are limited only to a few morphological categories, Germanic morphophonemics, when compared to other Indo-European dialects, preserves the traces with remarkable regularity, revealing at the same time a most refined and unique pattern.
The onset requirement in Isbukun Bunun morphophonemics
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Fortson covers a wide range of material in the book, not only the traditional highlights (the comparative method, the Indo-European family, an outline of PIE phonology, morphophonemics, the verb, the noun, pronouns, detailed character sketches of the major branches) but also some matters not normally taken up in similar books.
Part Two of Salako or Badamea is far more comprehensive than its modest title, "Sketch Grammar," suggests, covering Salako phonology, morphophonemics (including orthography), and morphosyntax.
First, the fact that Examples (45a) and (45b) have distinct interpretations again suggests that the "morpheme A of contrastive stress" does more than affect the morphophonemics of the element it attaches to, correspondingly, that auxiliary do is more than simply a dummy host for stray affixes; if this were not so, (45a) and (45b) should be synonymous.