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    morphophonology

    What is meant by "morphophonology"?

    What are the factors that condition the distribution of the allomorphs of the plural morpheme in English with reference to morphophonology?

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    Re: morphophonology

    Add -s to the word cat and you get cats, its plural. The letter <s> represents a sound, a phone, that carries a meaning, a morpheme, which is why it is called a morphophoneme.

    Allomorphs (for example)
    [s] after voiceless sounds; e.g., cats, ca[ts] (t is voiceless, so voiceless [s])
    [z] after voiced sounds; e.g., dogs, do[gz] ( g is voiced, so voiced [z])

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