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Definition of the noun allophone

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noun - plural: allophones

  1. (linguistics) any of various acoustically different forms of the same phoneme
    • domain: linguistics
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: phoneme = one of a small set of speech sounds that are distinguished by the speakers of a particular language

Alternative definition of the noun allophone


  1. [linguistics] Any of two or more alternative pronunciations for a phoneme.
  2. [Canada] A person whose mother tongue is neither English nor French.


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Allophone: In Quebec, an allophone is a resident, usually an immigrant, whose mother tongue or home language is neither French nor English. The term can also be sometimes used in other parts of Canada. The term parallels Anglophone, and Francophone, which designate people whose mother tongues are English and French, respectively. Note that native speakers of aboriginal languages are generally not treated as allophones.

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Google previewStructure of Language and Its Mathematical Aspects (1961)

by Roman Jakobson

An allophone is the set of phones contained in the intersection of a maximal set of phonetically similar phones and a primary phonetically related set of phones. Any allophone is a set of type 1. In many instances, a primary phonetically related ...

Google previewExtended Axiomatic Linguistics (1998)

by James Dickins

Allophone is a class of allophonons (phonetes), just as phonetic form is a class of images (cf. Mulder — Hervey 1980: 60, Def. 23a; Mulder ...

Google previewDevelopments in Speech Synthesis (2005)

by Mark Tatham, Katherine Morton

An extrinsic allophone is a symbolic representation of a speech segment which is used in the characterisation of a speaker's underlying plan for an utterance. As such is it abstract and representative of cognitive intention. The variability ...

Google previewAn Introduction to Sociolinguistics (2014)

by Ronald Wardhaugh, Janet M. Fuller

allophone, allophonic variation: an allophone is a phonetic realization of a phoneme; ...

Google previewCognitive and Discourse Approaches to Metaphor and Metonymy (2005)

by José Luis Otal, José Luis Otal Campo, Ignasi Navarro i Ferrando, Begoña Bellés Fortuño

The voiced allophone is the prototypical member of the phoneme /!/, which may therefore metonymically evoke the voiced allophone as its most salient member. In the sentences under (4), the allophonic difference pertains to. 1 . Daniel Jones ...

Google previewI-Language (2008)

An Introduction to Linguistics as Cognitive Science by Daniela Isac, Charles Reiss

So, each allophone is an abstraction over tokens of speech or speech perception behavior , and ...

Google previewBeginning Linguistics (2012)

by Laurie Bauer

Allophone An allophone is a conditioned variant of a PHONEME. Alveolar A consonant is said to be alveolar if it is articulated with the tongue touching or close to the ALVEOLAR RIDGE. Alveolar ridge (also teeth ridge) The alveolar ridge is ...

Google previewThe Columbia Guide to Standard American English (2005)

by Kenneth Wilson

ALLOPHONE An allophone is any of the variant forms of a Single phoneme. The exploded t sound of top and the unexploded ...

Google previewCanadian Politics, Riding by Riding (2002)

An In-depth Analysis of Canada's 301 Federal Electoral Districts by Tony L. Hill

An Allophone is a person whose mother tongue is a non-official language ( neither French nor English). Most authors use the term only in discussing Quebec , but it's a useful word and this book occasionally uses it with reference to other parts ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Phonetics and Phonology (2004)

by R.L. Trask

conditioned allophone /kən'dıʃn̩d/ n. An allophone whose phonetic nature is entirely predictable from the nature of the neighbouring segments. conditioned alternationn. Any alternation in which the identity of the variant occurring can be ...

Google previewLongman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics (2013)

by Jack C. Richards, Richard W. Schmidt

seealso ALLOPHONE, PHONEMICS, PHONOLOGY phoneme n phonemic adj thesmallest unit of sound in a language which can distinguish two words.

Google previewComparative Austronesian Dictionary (1995)

An Introduction to Austronesian Studies by Darrell T. Tryon

Discussion The fricative /f/ has a bilabial allophone [4)] which is in free variation with [f]. All stops are unaspirated and in final position unreleased. A nonphonemic glottal stop is inserted before a vowel initial word. Glottal stop is phonemic ...

Google previewKoasati Dictionary (1994)

by Geoffrey D. Kimball

It has the dental allophone [s], pronounced like English s when it occurs as any member of a consonant cluster or initially in a word before a. It has the alveolar allophone [s], a backed 5 not found in English, in word-final position and initially in ...

Google previewPatrick-Turner's Industrial Automation Dictionary (1996)

by Clarence T. Jones, S. Percy Jones

Thus, each "p" sound is a separate allophone of its phoneme. Sophisticated voice-output devices detect the presence of these allophones by examining the surrounding speech sounds. This enables a more intelligible pronunciation of the ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Varieties of English (2013)

by Raymond Hickey

allophone. The realization of a phoneme, enclosed in square brackets. A phoneme can have different allophones,frequentlydepending on position in the word or on a precedingvowel,forexample[l]and [ɫ] in standard English English, at the ...

Google previewA Grammar and Lexicon of Yintyingka (2015)

by Jean-Christophe Verstraete, Bruce Rigsby

Phonemes are represented by the IPA symbol corresponding to the default allophone (e.g. the voiceless allophone for stops), except for the following categories: – dental consonants, represented as <th> and <nh> for [ ] and – palatal ...

Google previewThe Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (2007)

by P.H. Matthews

intrinsic allophone A variant of a *phoneme which can be explained by the ...

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