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allograph

Syllabification: al·lo·graph
Pronunciation: /ˈaləˌɡraf
 
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Definition of allograph in English:

noun

Linguistics
1Each of two or more alternative forms of a letter of an alphabet or other grapheme. The capital, lowercase, italic, and various handwritten forms of the letter A are allographs.
Example sentences
  • 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.”.
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.

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