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    Allomorph (take 2)

    I've made a search on the forums for this word "allomorph".

    I've found three threads, but even after reading them, I'm still uncertain about the exact meaning of the word.

    According to the glossary:

    " An allomorph is a different form of a Morpheme. The regular Simple Past ending is -ed. In the verb 'advised' the ending is pronounced /d/, but in 'walked' it is pronounced /t/ and in 'wanted' it is pronounced /i:d/. A verb ending in -e, like 'hire' only takes -d. These are different forms of the same thing; they are allomorphs of the simple past tense ending."

    I understand that the "-ed" ending sounds differently depending of the word it suffixes.

    But that doesn't tell me what an allomorph is.

    Is an allomorph when certain letters (-ed) are pronounced differently depending on the words they are affixed with?

    How would you use "allomorph" in a sentence?

    "Walked and wanted have different allomorphs?"

    Clarifications please?

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    Re: Allomorph (take 2)

    They vary in sound, but not in meaning; there are three different pronunciations, but they do the same thing. The prefix allo- means different, alternate.

    Is an allomorph when certain letters (-ed) are pronounced differently depending on the words they are affixed with? Yes

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    Re: Allomorph (take 2)

    Ok thanks, that's great.

    NE.

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