Allomorph Analysis in the Novel the Great Gatsby, of Mice and Men, the Old Man and the Sea

Ivona Šetka-Čilić, Mario Penavić


This paper seeks to address English allomorphs, with the analysis being conducted in three novels: The Old Man and the Sea (Starac i more), written by Ernest Hemnigway, Of Mice and Men (O miševima i ljudima), written by John Steinbeck and The Great Gatsby (Veliki Gatsby), written by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Allomorphs are different variants of the same morpheme, i.e. different forms or spoken variants of the same morpheme. They appear due to influence of the environment, as well as due to influence of other morphemes. Thus, this paper discusses typesof allomorphs as well as the reasons why they appear. The hypothesis stated in this paper says that additive allomorphs are the most commonly used type of allomorphs in literary works in the English language, for which purpose the analysis was conducted in three mentioned novels. However, it is important to emphasize that thementioned novels were not analyzed completely, but first one hundred pages of each novel were analyzed in order to prove the hypothesis. Although all three novels were written in different language styles, the results have shown many similarities and the main hypothesis has beenproven.


morphology; morphemes; allomorphs; additive allomorphs; allomorphs’ conditioning

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