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What is an environment?

 

Definition
 

An environment is all the parts of an utterance that directly surround a given sound.

Discussion
 

The environment of a sound may be adjacent sounds, or a break in sound, such as at the beginning or end of a syllable, word or phrase.

Example (English)
 

Here is an example of the environment of the sound [Q] in the English word tap.

 
  • word: [tHQp] ‘tap’
  • environment: [tH…p]
  • Example (Spanish)
     

    Here is an example of the environment of the sound [o] in the Spanish word gato.

     
  • word: [gAto] ‘cat’
  • environment: [gat…#]
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    (The symbol “#” represents the end of a word.)


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