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allophone 1

Syllabification: al·lo·phone
Pronunciation: /ˈaləˌfōn/

noun

Linguistics
Any of the speech sounds that represent a single phoneme, such as the aspirated k in kit and the unaspirated k in skit, which are allophones of the phoneme k.
Example sentences
  • A phone is a realization in sound of a phoneme, and an allophone is one such realization among others: for example, English /n/ is normally alveolar, but is dental before the dental fricative in ‘tenth’.
  • The allophone occurs in onset position of stressed syllables whereas the unaspirated allophone [p] occurs after syllable-initial [s].

Derivatives

allophonic

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Pronunciation: /ˌaləˈfänik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Children were not penalized for allophonic / dialect variation in vowel production, nor for systematic articulation errors.
  • Most speakers are largely unaware of the extent of allophonic variation in their language.
  • When listening for allophonic variation, it is necessary to try and distance yourself from a language.

Origin

1930s: from allo- 'other, different' + phoneme.

Words that rhyme with allophone

Anglophone • xylophone

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There are 2 main definitions of allophone in English:

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allophone 2 Syllabification: al·lo·phone
Pronunciation: /ˈaləˌfōn/

noun

Canadian
(Especially in Quebec) an immigrant whose first language is neither French nor English.
Example sentences
  • In a worried report, a Université de Montréal demographer suggests that so many francophones are moving there that by 2021 allophones and anglophones will combine to form the majority of Montreal's population.
  • In Quebec, the linguistic majority abuses the groups they call anglophones and allophones.
  • Anglophone, francophone and allophone, we are Canadians, first of all.

Origin

1970s: from allo-, on the pattern of francophone.

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