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al·lo·morph 1


al′lo·mor′phic adj.
al′lo·mor′phism n.

al·lo·morph 2

Any of the variant forms of a morpheme. For example, the phonetic (s) of cats (kăts), (z) of pigs (pĭgz), and (ĭz) horses (hôr′sĭz) are allomorphs of the English plural morpheme.

al′lo·mor′phic adj.
al′lo·mor′phism n.
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1. (Linguistics) linguistics any of the phonological representations of a single morpheme. For example, the final (s) and (z) sounds of bets and beds are allomorphs of the English noun-plural morpheme
2. (Chemistry) any of two or more different crystalline forms of a chemical compound, such as a mineral
ˌalloˈmorphic adj
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(ˈæl əˌmɔrf)

one of the alternate forms of a morpheme, as the plural form -en in oxen, the -es in stitches, and the vowel in men.
al`lo•mor′phic, adj.
al′lo•mor•phism, n.
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Noun1.allomorph - any of several different crystalline forms of the same chemical compound; "calcium carbonate occurs in the allomorphs calcite and aragonite"
chemical compound, compound - (chemistry) a substance formed by chemical union of two or more elements or ingredients in definite proportion by weight
2.allomorph - a variant phonological representation of a morpheme; "the final sounds of `bets' and `beds' and `horses' and `oxen' are allomorphs of the English plural morpheme"
morpheme - minimal meaningful language unit; it cannot be divided into smaller meaningful units
morphophoneme - (linguistics) the phonemes (or strings of phonemes) that constitute the various allomorphs of a morpheme
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[ˈæləʊmɔːf] Nalomorfo m
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The alternations originated by purely phonological processes in the course of which former inflexional or derivational morphemes were lost as overt forms and were replaced by zero morphemes (or allomorphs), while the allophones of the stem vocalism or consonantism which had been conditioned by the vowel(s) of the lost morphemes were phonemicised.
In addition, some suffixes have allomorphs. These cases are irrelevant to the current study and therefore will not be discussed.
(23) This patterned distribution of allomorphs may sound in some ways constructive.
The morphological parser also has a morphophonemics module which generates the allomorphs of the morphemes, i.e.
The nouns are the simplest to describe in terms of the distribution of stem allomorphs. Simply put, if a noun is modified in any way, whether by a determiner, adjective, possessor, or the like, it will take its allomorphic form.
Interestingly, Croatian language manuals and research do not agree on whether o--and ob--are allomorphs or two pre fixes.
European scholars discuss semantic and syntactic gradience in auxiliary selection, as well as the limits of the concept of gradience; the evidence for the assumption that ohaveo and obeo in perfect constructions cannot always be considered allomorphs and the implications for the analysis of the historical development of auxiliaries; and mechanisms in the gradual change from obeo to ohave.o ([umlaut] Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR)
For example, in the poem, Mhondoro huru dzeZimbabwe, found in Nduri dzeZimbabwe, he repetitively uses the copulative inflecting affix lndi-1 and its allomorphs in the present continuous tense to communicate the idea that ancestors are perceived in the here and now.