Allomorph

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A variant of a morpheme. The meaning remains the same.


Example

The English plural morpheme for nouns has three allomorphs:

  • [z] day-s, pie-s, shampoo-s, piano-s, zebra-s
  • [s] map-s, lot-s, birth-s
  • [&z] ash-es, surprise-s, age-s, approach-es

(notation in SAMPA)

from: Iggy Roca and Wyn Johnson, a course in phonology, Blackwell, 1999; p. 621