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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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Moreover, most Livonian nominals exhibit allomorphy in the stem, though the extent to which the stem shapes differ from one another phonologically varies across the system.
Syntax within the word: Economy, allomorphy, and argument selection in Distributed Morphology.
Among her topics are from cognitive linguistics to cultural linguistics: how cognitive categories reflect culture, metaphor in grammar: conceptualization of time, grammatical profiles: what inflectional forms tell us about lexicon and grammar, whether semantic maps reveal a universal underlying conceptual space, pedagogical applications of research into embodied grammar, and linguistic concepts as prototype-based categories: reexamining allomorphy. Other material, such as handouts and visual aids, are available online.
1994), allomorphy, homonymy (Schreuder and Baayen 1995), frequency of the affix (Laudanna and Burani 1995; Plag and Baayen 2009), distribution of the affix (i.e.
In 2012, during a Maya morphology class taught by a bible translator and former SIL member in a sociolinguistics Master's program founded in the mid 1980s, the focus of study was allomorphy. The instructor celebrates how "balanced" the Mayan languages are, and, at the same moment, insists that the students "go to the [Mayan] languages and find the morphological rule [...] because it's there, find it!" (classroom observation, July 21, 2012).
On the other hand, phenomena such as allomorphy and syncretism represent a violation of the Principle of One-Meaning--One-Form at the paradigmatic level.
Here we actually observe the formation of a double vowel via stem allomorphy (see [section]5.1), with the sequence /aja/ becoming /ee/.
We discuss the issue of allomorphy in detail elsewhere (see Endresen et al.
The 2sg ending shows allomorphy between *-t and *-c in the present and the past tense of conjugation I verbs: MariE purat, MariW parat you bite (< PMari *purat) vs.
The morphome is central to his discussion of the "L-pattern," "U-pattern," and "N pattern" of verb allomorphy in which a distinctive root is found in certain inflectional forms; for example, the "L-pattern" root is found in the first-person singular present indicative and all of the present subjunctive forms.