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 For example: the first sound in the word possible /p/ is a bilabial sound, therefore, the morph {im-} is selected because it ends in a likewise bilabial sound /m/. This so-called phonological conditioning reflects the tendency in language to facilitate (make easier) the pronunciation of sequences of speech sounds. Sounds that are produced in the same area of the vocal tract (by means of the same or nearby articulators) are easier to pronounce in sequence. For example: the first sound in the word possible /p/ is a bilabial sound, therefore, the morph {im-} is selected because it ends in a likewise bilabial sound /m/. This so-called phonological conditioning reflects the tendency in language to facilitate (make easier) the pronunciation of sequences of speech sounds. Sounds that are produced in the same area of the vocal tract (by means of the same or nearby articulators) are easier to pronounce in sequence.
-The principle underlying this observation is called the **principle of least (articulatory) effort** or **linguistic economy**. It reflects the tendency of human language (and indeed many other types of human actions) to become maximally efficient by facilitating the articulation of linguistic sound sequences. These variants of a single morpheme are called [[linguisticsweb:​glossary:​linguistics_glossary:​allomorph|allomorphs]] of this morpheme. We can thus say that the morphs {il-}, {im-}, {ir-} have the same meaning and function as the morph {in-}; all of which realize the bound morpheme and prefix [in-]. They can thus be said to be allomorphs of the morpheme [in-].+The principle underlying this observation is called the **principle of least (articulatory) effort** or **linguistic economy**. It reflects the tendency of human language (and indeed many other types of human actions) to become maximally efficient by facilitating the articulation of linguistic sound sequences. These variants of a single morpheme are called ​**[[linguisticsweb:​glossary:​linguistics_glossary:​allomorph|allomorphs]]** of this morpheme. We can thus say that the morphs {il-}, {im-}, {ir-} have the same meaning and function as the morph {in-}; all of which realize the bound morpheme and prefix [in-]. They can thus be said to be allomorphs of the morpheme [in-].