What is an allomorph?

 
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Definition
 

An allomorph is an alternative manifestation of a morpheme (a set of meaningful linguistic units). Allomorphs vary in shape or pronunciation according to their conditions of use, but not as to meaning.

Examples
 

Here are some examples of allomorphs. In English, the negative prefix in has several allomorphs:

 
  • In-capable
  • Il-logical
  • Im-probable
  • Ir-reverent

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