morphophonemics

morphophonemics

[mawr-foh-fuh-nee-miks, -foh-nee-]
noun (used with a singular verb) Linguistics.
1.
Also called morphonology, morphophonology. the study of the relations between morphemes and their phonological realizations, components, or mappings.
2.
the body of data concerning these relations in a given language.

Origin:
1935–40; see morphophonemic, -ics

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morphophonemics (ˌmɔːfəʊfəʊˈniːmɪks)
 
n
(functioning as singular) linguistics the study of the phonemic realization of the allomorphs of the morphemes of a language
 
morphopho'nemic
 
adj

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morphophonemics

in linguistics, study of the relationship between morphology (q.v.) and phonology (q.v.). Morphophonemics involves an investigation of the phonological variations within morphemes, usually marking different grammatical functions; e.g., the vowel changes in "sleep" and "slept," "bind" and "bound," "vain" and "vanity," and the consonant alternations in "knife" and "knives," "loaf" and "loaves."

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