What is the difference between phoneme and allophone?

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Allophone is a related term of phoneme.


In context|linguistics|lang=en terms the difference between phoneme and allophone

is that phoneme is (linguistics) an indivisible unit of sound in a given language a phoneme is an abstraction of the physical speech sounds (phones) and may encompass several different phones while allophone is (linguistics) any of two or more alternative pronunciations for a phoneme.

As nouns the difference between phoneme and allophone

is that phoneme is (linguistics) an indivisible unit of sound in a given language a phoneme is an abstraction of the physical speech sounds (phones) and may encompass several different phones while allophone is (linguistics) any of two or more alternative pronunciations for a phoneme.

phoneme

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • An indivisible unit of sound in a given language. A phoneme is an abstraction of the physical speech sounds (phones) and may encompass several different phones.
  • Derived terms

    * * * phonemic * phonemical * phonemically * phonemicist * phonemics

    See also

    * chereme * chroneme * grammeme * grapheme * lemma * lexeme * listeme * morpheme * sememe * toneme

    Anagrams

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    allophone

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (phonetics) Any of two or more alternative pronunciations for a phoneme.
  • (Canada) A person whose mother tongue is neither English nor French.
  • See also

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