Definition of allograph in English:

allograph

Line breaks: allo|graph
Pronunciation: /ˈaləgrɑːf
 
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noun

Linguistics
1Each of two or more alternative forms of a letter of an alphabet or other grapheme, for example the capital, lower case, italic, and various handwritten forms of a letter.
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  • Sign names and values with modifiers and/or allographs following them should not be be treated as compounds.
  • Yet there is another level of meaning that changes with each allograph, an esthetic meaning that we cannot avoid.
  • This paper presents an original method for creating allograph models and recognizing them within cursive handwriting.
1.1 Phonetics Each of two or more letters or letter combinations representing a single phoneme in different words. Allographs of the phoneme /f/ include the (f) of ‘fake’ and the (ph) of ‘phase’.
More example sentences
  • In addition, because a letter may appear in allographs which encode respectively different phonemes, the user is taught alternative sounds that the selected letter may represent.

Origin

1950s: from allo- 'other, different' + grapheme.

Derivatives

allographic

adjective
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  • Such technique of, we could say, cloning could be accounted for in Goodman's terms as transforming the art of painting from singular to multiple and yet without changing it from autographic to allographic.
  • And this is one of the distinctive features of the allographic arts.
  • In other words, to count as an instance of an allographic work, a performance has to take into account performance practice relevant to the period.

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