Meaning of COMPLEMENTARY DISTRIBUTION in English

COMPLEMENTARY DISTRIBUTION

Ling.

a relation such that the members of a pair or set of phones, morphs, or other linguistic units have no environment in common, as aspirated "p" and unaspirated "p" in English, the first occurring only in positions where the second does not. Also called complementation . Cf. free variation .

[ 1930-35 ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .