In this paper I argue that apparent complementary, phonologically conditioned distribution in a group of affixes with the same function (diminutive) does not necessarily imply that they are allomorphs. I show it on the example of Russian diminutive suffixes [-ok, -ik, -t͡ɕik], previously considered to be allomorphs. I also show that semantic factors may contribute to the choice of a suffix realization on a par with phonological factors. I call such suffixes pseudo-allomorphs, as they have phonologically conditioned distribution as well as different meanings.
"Pseudo-allomorphs in Modern Russian,"
University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Vol. 23
, Article 16.
Available at: http://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol23/iss1/16