morphophoneme

noun

mor·​pho·​phoneme
¦mȯ(r)fō+
: a class of phonemes that belong to the same morpheme (as the \-s, -z, -ə̇z\ plural suffix of kits, kids, kisses; \f, v\ in knife, knives)
also : an arbitrarily selected member of such a class as its representative in grammatical description (as the plural suffix -s or the f in \nīf\)
group together into one morphophoneme the phonemes which replace each other in corresponding parts of the various members of a morpheme Z. S. Harris

Word History

Etymology

morpho- (from morpheme) + phoneme

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“Morphophoneme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/morphophoneme. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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