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Word Origin late 19th century: from French phonème from Greek phōnēma 'sound speech' from phōnein 'speak'.
Scrabble Points: 14
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Phoneme definition is - any of the abstract units of the phonetic system of a language that correspond to a set of similar speech sounds (such as the velar \k\ of cool and the palatal \k\ of keel) which are perceived to be a single distinctive sound in the language.
For More Information on Phonemes Visit the Dyslexia Reading Well. The 44 Sounds (Phonemes) of English A phoneme is a speech sound. It's the smallest unit of sound that distinguishes one word from another. Since sounds cannot be written we use letters to represent or stand for the sounds. A grapheme is the
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Phonemes that are significantly limited by such restrictions may be called restricted phonemes . In English examples of such restrictions include: /ŋ/ as in si ng occurs only at the end of a syllable never at the beginning (in many other languages such as Māori Swahili Tagalog and Thai /ŋ/ can appear word-initially).
The 44 English sounds fall into two categories: consonants and vowels. Below is a list of the 44 phonemes along with their International Phonetic Alphabet symbols and some examples of their use. Note that there is no such thing as a definitive list of phonemes because of accents dialects and the evolution of language itself.
A digraph is a phoneme (single sound) that is made up of two letters. The digraph above /oa/ is a vowel digraph because it is made up of ...