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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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That objection has to do with the absence of some phonemes and allophones, and also with other problems related to rhythm and to the acoustic measurement of some vowels.
In the original version of the lesson plan, Herman's first activity was intended to orient students to the instructional focus of the day--word-level stress--by connecting it to an instructional focus from one of his previous lessons--American English allophones of /t/.
A cette realite s'ajoute celle de l'augmentation du nombre des eleves allophones, c'est-a-dire ceux qui n'ont ni le francais ni l'anglais comme langue premiere, dans les ecoles francophones.
Allophones can be thought of as "fine tunings" of phonemes.
Additionally, as an experiment in the present paper suggests (see Figure 2), the devoiced allophones are only the third frequent type of realization, after modal vowels and complete vowel loss.
Phonetically aspirated and not aspirated [t] classes are allophones of the phonological /t/ (Isac and Reiss, 112).
This embedding is so pervasive that Elfenbein (1997b: 798-99) cross-references the vowel allophones of Brahui dialects to the allophones of the embedding Balochi ones (Elfenbein 1997a: 765-66).
Discrimination against blacks (and now Latinos, Muslims, Arabs, and Orientals) seems to have increased in proportion to the increase in their numbers" (267), is his only hint that there are allophones in Quebec.
whether they are phonemes or allophones of the same phoneme) has an effect on listeners' decoding of those segments.
One has to wonder why 80 per cent of anglophones vote for the Liberals and 75 per cent of allophones do the same.
L'article de Caroline Payant porte sur l'integration, dans les programmes de MATESOL, de taches reflexives effectuees par video; sa recherche saura interesser les formateurs, les enseignants en formation et en poste, qu'ils soient de langue maternelle ou allophones.
Inter-vocalically, 4% of the allophones of the tap were described as retroflex, and the retroflex allophones were found mainly in pre-consonant position.