What is an allomorph?

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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.


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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