One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of two or more actual representations of a morpheme, such as the plural endings /s/ (as in bats), /z/ (as in bugs), and /ɪz/ (as in buses).
- ‘In the analysis, /miso/ can be decomposed into /mi/ ‘three’ and /so/, an allomorph of /to:/ ‘ten’.’
- ‘It requires the distribution of allomorphs according to orthographic criteria.’
1940s: from allo- ‘other, different’ + morpheme.
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