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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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Elamite fronted the /q/ when before tit, as an allophonic variant only, not a new phoneme.
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.
Among the topics are training and generalization effects of English vowel reduction for Spanish listeners, the impact of allophonic variation on second-language speech perception, the interaction of second-language phonotactics and first-language syllable structure in second-language vowel production, and and the impact of voice quality resetting on the perception of a foreign accent in third-language acquisition.
These observations suggest that the English speech of Shona-English bilinguals operates with some allophonic long vowels resulting from compensatory lengthening due to the loss of a member of the diphthong.
The relationship between the sounds [r] and [d] is also somewhat unclear, whether they contrasted fully or stood in an allophonic relationship.
They illustrate it via the nice example of h-dropping in items such as it for hit and vice versa of h-insertion, as in hain't instead of ain't: it's the phenomenon of hypercorrection (though they do not use this term) that has been discussed from a more theoretical standpoint in the Handbook, also in the papers by Hale, Janda ("'hypercorrection' exaggerates the undoing of conditioned allophonic effects" p.
Some allophonic variation with unstressed vowels in Spanish.
The first three declensions are discussed together with their allophonic and gender variants, and minor declensions are divided into minor a-plurals, mutation plurals, and miscellanea, a loose collection of "nouns which seem to form discrete but small paradigms of their own" (Hogg & Fulk 2011: 136).
Allophonic fluctuation in the short(ened) vowels, in both closed and open syllables, is responsible for most inconsistencies in the transcription, e.
Liu Q, Loganathan P, Hedley MJ, Skinner MF (2004) The mobilisation and fate of soil and rock phosphate in the rhizosphere of ectomycorrhizal Pinus radiata seedlings in an allophonic soil.