Allophone meaning

ălə-fōn
The definition of an allophone is an alternative sound for a letter or group of letters in a word.

An example of an allophone is the short sound of the "a" in mat and the long sound of the "a" in mad.

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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/.
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(linguistics) Any of two or more alternative pronunciations for a phoneme.
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Any of the variant forms of a phoneme as conditioned by position or adjoining sounds.

The relatively short (a) of mat and the relatively long (a) of mad are allophones.

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A person whose native language is other than French or English.
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(Canada) A person whose mother tongue is neither English nor French.
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Origin of allophone

  • allo– phone(me)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • allo- +‎ -phone

    From Wiktionary