from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See paramorph.
- n. Any of the variant forms of a morpheme. For example, the phonetic (s) of cats (kăts), (z) of pigs (pĭgz), and (ĭz) horses (hôrˈsĭz) are allomorphs of the English plural morpheme.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of the different crystalline forms of a substance.
- n. Any of the different phonological representations of a morpheme.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of two or more distinct crystalline forms of the same substance; or the substance having such forms; -- .
- n. A variety of pseudomorph which has undergone partial or complete change or substitution of material; -- thus limonite is frequently an allomorph after pyrite.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In mineralogy, a paramorph, that is, a pseudomorph formed by molecular change only, the chemical composition remaining the same, as calcite after aragonite.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of several different crystalline forms of the same chemical compound
- n. a variant phonological representation of a morpheme
The term allomorph is just linguistobabble for a piece of language, such as a suffix, that shows predictable variation in its form in different positions or circumstances.
Since -cve is locative of -cva, listing it as another allomorph is another mistake.
Ta-Den wants to get his hands on the allomorph, sure as can be.
Since it isn't adequately explained under what conditions -ia is yet a fourth allomorph of the same suffix, I consider it a distinct plural marker on its own.
The terminating sequence -cv could only be the abbreviation of plural suffix -cva which is a regular allomorph of -xva when following a sibilant.
Next, luθcva is transparently a nomino-accusative plural because -cva pl. is an allomorph of the more typical form -χva following aspirate θ.
My attentive readers may have noticed that I've already asserted several times on this blog that -va a plural inanimate ending is an allomorph of -χva.
It turns out that there may be a case for -cva being the proper allomorph of the inanimate plural after sibilants instead of -va.
The suffix -va is a known allomorph of -χva that is used after stems ending in certain consonants eg: PyrT 1.i-ii heramaśva 'idols'; see Etruscan grammar pdf by Micheal Weiss of Cornell University.
Now that allomorphy can be eradicated in the germ line, parents no longer pass on the allomorph trait to their offspring.