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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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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
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(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.
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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
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[ˈæləʊfəʊn] Nalófono m
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n (Ling) → Allophon nt
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Denton (2003) examines the various effects of /r/ in early Germanic dialects and concludes that, whereas Proto-Germanic *r may have begun as an apical trill at least in onset positions, it was definitely weakened in postvocalic positions in North and West Germanic, developing approximant allophones. As for Old English /r/, Denton's conclusions are similar to Hogg's, although she is more specific about the pronunciation of the approximant variant: In fact, from the Old English and pre-Old English sound changes considered here, there is not compelling evidence that Old English ever had an apical trill in any environment.
Cependant, le Quebec accueille aussi des immigrants allophones pour qui la meconnaissance du francais constitue un obstacle a l'integration et a la participation a cette societe d'accueil.
Half of Quebec's allophones said they can speak both French and English, a jump of three percentage points.
Since section 23 is restricted to Canadian citizens, allophones (whose mother tongue was neither French nor English) were still required by section 23 to send their children to French language schools.
* /b/, /d/, and /g/ have fricative and occlusive allophones.
The three voiced stops /b, d, g/ are in complementary distribution (i.e., different allophones of the same phoneme that cannot occur in the same linguistic environment) with the spirants [[beta]] (voiced bilabial), [[eth]], and [[??]] (voiced velar), respectively.
This is dramatically so in Quebec, where the conflict in the Francophone community between moderate and sovereigntist nationalists has shattered the social fabric of the province with Anglophones, Allophones and Aboriginal nations massively opposed to the sovereigntist version of a nationalist future.
The Francophone and non-Francophone communities (Anglophones and Allophones) remain politically divided and, to a considerable extent, culturally apart.
Perrault reveals all this while disregarding the people of the city, the anglophones, the allophones, and all the ethnically diverse people of Quebec.
At the same time, all of these international human rights documents confer negative educational rights which forbid Quebec from intruding upon the freedom of anglophone and allophones to establish a privately funded minority language education, but do not obligate Quebec to financially or materially assist them or to provide a public school system for them.