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What is an allophone?

 

Definition
 

An allophone is a phonetic variant of a phoneme in a particular language.

Examples (English)
 
  • [p] and [pH] are allophones of the phoneme /p/.
  • [t] and [tH] are allophones of the phoneme /t/.
Examples (Spanish)
 
  • [b] and [B] are allophones of the phoneme /b/.
  • [d] and [D] are allophones of the phoneme /d/.
See also
 

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