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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.
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Adj.1.allophonic - pertaining to allophones
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Black and white spectrograms illustrate the pitches accessed to form specific words and provide greater clarity of the allophonic patterns and phonological patterns affecting consonants and vowels in typical speech and atypical speech.
The voiceless plosives are typically unaspirated in Spanish, and they are not subject to much allophonic variation.
From the point of view of handling the multilingual repertoire, there is a functional motivation favouring consistency in the types and points of articulation as well as the distribution rules of allophonic variation and suprasegmentals, regardless of the speech situation in which language users find themselves.
Elamite fronted the /q/ when before tit, as an allophonic variant only, not a new phoneme.
The gestural orchestration resulting in aspiration, for Brazilian learners, may be playing a merely allophonic role, such that the action of the larynx is not playing a distinctive role in the learners' gestural score.
Thus, in some cases, hints at allophonic variation could be detected.
phonemically contrastive in English but allophonic in Spanish, to be more perceptually distinct than the Spanish speakers did.
Phonemes are represented between strokes and allophonic variants between square brackets.
This would be possible if there was some notable allophonic difference between the pronunciation of Germanic inital and medial *X at this point (e.
In English aspiration contrast is allophonic in that the aspirated [ph th kh] and unaspirated [p t k] stops do not make minimal pairs.
This picture certainly does not argue for the phonic equivalence of all possible /u:/ and /o:/ spellings in the Chester Shepherds play; rather it indicates that in Huntington MS 2, the graphemes <u, ow, ou, oo, o> represented sounds that were phonically close enough to sustain rhyme schemes, could have been grouped together by the ear, and may even have in certain contexts been allophonic in the Cheshire dialect.
Hi: "Sounds in Li and L2 are related perceptually to one another at a position-sensitive allophonic level rather than at a more abstract phonemic level.