morphophoneme

[ mawr-fuh-foh-neem, mawr-foh- ]
/ ˌmɔr fəˈfoʊ nim, ˌmɔr foʊ- /

noun Linguistics.

an abstract phonological unit representing corresponding phonemes in different allomorphs of one morpheme. In English the symbol F may be used to represent a morphophoneme occurring in two related allomorphs, as f in leaf, but v in the plural leaves.
a phonological entity comprising a bundle of distinctive features used in the representation of a morpheme.
a symbol for a phonological alternation.

Nearby words

  1. morphologic construction,
  2. morphology,
  3. morphometrics,
  4. morphometry,
  5. morphonology,
  6. morphophonemic,
  7. morphophonemics,
  8. morphophonology,
  9. morphosis,
  10. morphosyntactic

Origin of morphophoneme

1930–35; morpho- (as combining form for morpheme) + phoneme

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British Dictionary definitions for morphophoneme

morphophoneme

/ (ˌmɔːfəʊˈfəʊniːm) /

noun

linguistics the set of phonemes or sequences of phonemes that constitute the various allomorphs of a morpheme

Word Origin for morphophoneme

C20: from morpheme + phoneme

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