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MORPHOLOGY: a term which refers to alternative forms or realizations of a single morpheme. EXAMPLE: the English plural suffix is found in precisely three different pronounciations, /s/, /z/, and /@z/: cats /kats/, dogs /dogz/, and horses /ho:s@z/. Since these three elements all represent a single morpheme, they are called morphs, and we say that /s/, /z/, and /@z/ are allomorphs of the abstract or underspecified plural suffix /-Z/.