What is morphophonemic writing ?

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Morphophonemic writing is a system of writing that combines morphemic writing and phonemic writing.


Morphophonemic writing maintains a single written form for selected morphemes, even though these vary in their surface manifestation.


Here are some examples of morphophonemic writing. In English, the plural is primarily represented by /s/ even though it is sometime realized as

  • an /s/ in cats
  • a /z/ in dogs, and
  • an /iz/ in raises.
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