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1. Linguistics 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/.
2. or Allophone Canadian A person whose native language is other than French or English.

al′lo·phon′ic (-fŏn′ĭk) adj.
al′lo·phon′i·cal·ly adv.


1. (Phonetics & Phonology) any of several speech sounds that are regarded as contextual or environmental variants of the same phoneme. In English the aspirated initial (p) in pot and the unaspirated (p) in spot are allophones of the phoneme /p/
2. Canadian a Canadian whose native language is neither French nor English
allophonic adj


(ˈæl əˌfoʊn)

1. a speech sound constituting one of the phonetic manifestations or variants of a phoneme, depending on its environment, as any of the t-sounds of top, stop, tree, cat, button, metal, or city.
2. Canadian. a person whose native language is neither English nor French.
al`lo•phon′ic (-ˈfɒn ɪk) adj.
al`lo•phon′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.allophone - (linguistics) any of various acoustically different forms of the same phoneme
linguistics - the scientific study of language
phoneme - (linguistics) one of a small set of speech sounds that are distinguished by the speakers of a particular language


[ˈæləʊfəʊn] Nalófono m


n (Ling) → Allophon nt
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2 Palatals can be modeled as point palatal articulations, as velars followed by a /y/, or as the velar allophone before an HI including diphthongs.
Wada KT, Hemni N, Yoshinaga N, Patterson SH (1972) Imomogolite and allophone formed in saprolite of basalt on Maui, Hawaii.
1975) who offered an overview of a conference on Canadian cultures and ethnic groups, or Makabe (1979) who looked at Nisei Japanese-Canadians in Toronto, or Shiose (1995) who researched the construction of "others" and Allophone communities in Quebec.
The problem with some pronunciations in Arabic is that one false move in the point of articulation can land you in trouble, particularly since 's7' (with an allophone of 'S') denotes 'to roam,' hence 'syi7' - tourist.
If interpreters act as culture brokers for allophone clients (those who do not speak fluent English or French), who will act as culture brokers for immigrants who do not need interpreters?
In other dialects of Limbu [tsh] is treated as an allophone of the phoneme /s/.
We find this argument unconvincing, and suggest that the perception of 'u' may have resulted from a raised or centralised allophone of /o/, perhaps before /r/, in Tahitian.
The aboriginal and allophone communities were largely absent from this phase of the process, as were the under-twenty-five age groups.
Mineralogical analysis was not carried out for Horoeka silt loam soils; however, the NaF field test on the Horoeka silt loam topsoil samples showed both weak positive reactions and negative reactions for presence of allophone.
Conversely, where there are supposed to be vowels, there is tendency to include the [h] sound, which in this case can be viewed as the allophone of the vowels in use.
It confirmed the allophone materials while analyzing AAS (Atomic Absorption spectrometry) about the supernatant liquid.
Usually a phonological alternation is analyzed in OT as the result of a constraint interaction requiring one allophone to surface in some environments and another allophone to surface in other environments.