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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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However, in support of a phonemic status for /[epsilon]/ it should be added that, notwithstanding its frequent allophonic intersection with /a/, the Sahmirzadi speakers commonly perceive it as Persian kasra far more than fatha.
There are many words of the same class--noun and noun, verb and verb--in which vowels or consonants are allophonic (non-contrastive) while tone is phonemic (contrastive).
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.
And can this model take into account not only the intra-language effect (vowel phonemes coming closer together, making vowel identification poorer), but also the inter-language effect (allophonic differences between languages concerning one and the same vowel phoneme becoming more alike or even neutralized, so that singing with a native pronunciation becomes an easier task)?
Thus, in some cases, hints at allophonic variation could be detected.
(52) My findings confirm the analysis of Hellenthal & Kusch Lojenga (2011), who do not propose a separate phoneme /f/, but a phoneme /p/ with free allophonic realisations as [p], [?] or [f].