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Definition of "allophone" []

  • Linguistics A predictable phonetic variant of a phoneme. For example, the aspirated t of top, the unaspirated t of stop, and the tt (pronounced as a flap) of batter are allophones of the English phoneme /t/. (noun)
  • Canadian A person whose native language is other than French or English. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "allophone" in a sentence
  • "In contrast, a root that shows a devoiced stop but which confuses the allophone with the homophonous phoneme should instead properly pair with another unvoiced stop."
  • "If one thinks of these roots on both the phonemic and phonetic levels, then one understands the resultant phonetic t(ʰ) as merely an allophone of *dʰ following *s (or perhaps more specifically tautosyllabic *s?)"
  • "Internally *s has z as an allophone before voiced stops and possibly word finally."
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