morphophonemics

noun

mor·​pho·​pho·​ne·​mics ˌmȯr-fō-fə-ˈnē-miks How to pronounce morphophonemics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
1
: a study of the phonemic differences between allomorphs of the same morpheme
2
: the distribution of allomorphs in one morpheme
3
: the structure of a language in terms of morphophonemics

Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of morphophonemics was in 1938

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“Morphophonemics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/morphophonemics. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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