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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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Adj.1.allomorphic - pertaining to allomorphs
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Towards the end of the Old English period, the language was characterised by large-scale allomorphic variation, with most of these alternations being unpredictable.
(b) to construct (visual) categorisation networks, providing an overview of a specific morphological construction, its schemas and instantiations, while also explicating the interrelationships among constructions and their allomorphic variants.
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It is important to tackle this kind of analytic challenge so that discounting approaches can be applied to studying more complex, socially relevant, allomorphic choice contexts.
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siso~fiso within Second, the presence of an old palatal onglide can be detected in the allomorphic stem of certain words.
front stem vowel in (16)) do not have an effect upon the endings for the various person slots: all endings are identical, except for the allomorphic variation /[??]/-/d/ in the past of (16a) vs.
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This author distinguished isomorphic, allomorphic and metamorphic shoot developments.