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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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Allophone immigrants are outsiders in the majority community, especially in nationalist circles.
Another variation that is reported for some accents is the use of [v] as an allophone of /b/, especially for words written with the grapheme "v".
En effet, dans l'ensemble du Canada, une personne sur cinq s'est declaree allophone, et en Colombie-Britannique, plus de 22 % de la population a declare avoir comme langue maternelle une langue autre que les deux langues officielles (Statistique Canada, 2012).
of sangue is an allophone of /n/, altered from dental [n] because of the ensuing velar plosive.
This half-long vowel is considered an allophone of a short non-initial vowel, as it does not form a phonological contrast with the latter.
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.
Thus, the social meaning of the allophone not the phone itself is to be considered in this case.
The first excerpt exemplifies the unmarked realization as [a], the second the raised allophone.
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.
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For example, candidate (d) is excluded because the phoneme /d/ is assigned to the allophone [n] in the context where nasality was lost.
In other dialects of Limbu [tsh] is treated as an allophone of the phoneme /s/.