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What is a zero morph?

 

Definition
 

A zero morph is a morph, consisting of no phonetic form, that is proposed in some analyses as an allomorph of a morpheme that is ordinarily realized by a morph having some phonetic form.

Example (English)
 
  • The plural form that is realized in two sheep is Ø, in contrast with the plural -s in two goats.
  • Generic
      A zero morph is a kind of
     
    Sources
     

    Crystal 1985 199

     

    Hartmann and Stork 1972 258

     

    Mish 1991 1371

     

    Matthews 1991 123–124


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