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 (fə-nē′mĭks, fō-)
n. (used with a sing. verb)
The study and establishment of the phonemes of a language.

pho·ne′mi·cist (-mĭ-sĭst) n.
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(Linguistics) (functioning as singular) that aspect of linguistics concerned with the classification, analysis, interrelation, and environmental changes of the phonemes of a language
phoˈnemicist n
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(fəˈni mɪks, foʊ-)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
1. the study of phonemes and phonemic systems.
2. the phonemic system of a language, or an analysis of this.
pho•ne′mi•cist (-mə sɪst) n.
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1. the study and description of phonemes, i.e., the set of basic units of sound used in a language and phonemic systems.
2. the phonemic system of a given language. Also phonematics. — phonemicist, n.
See also: Linguistics
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.phonemics - the study of the sound system of a given language and the analysis and classification of its phonemes
linguistics - the scientific study of language
orthoepy - a term formerly used for the part of phonology that dealt with the `correct' pronunciation of words and its relation to `correct' orthography
descriptive linguistics - a description (at a given point in time) of a language with respect to its phonology and morphology and syntax and semantics without value judgments
syncopation, syncope - (phonology) the loss of sounds from within a word (as in `fo'c'sle' for `forecastle')
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The chapter is written in the spirit of traditional descriptive phonemics and it is very pleasing to see Pike's vocoid and contoid distinction being introduced.
El tipo etic (proveniente del ingles phonetics) refiere a un enfoque generico, predictivo y exterior; mientras que el tipo emic (del ingles phonemics) es especifico y representa un punto de vista interior.
The transcription follows the surface phonemics of the language, writing neutralizations and assimilations wherever they lead to differences on the phonemic level, but not writing them where they lead to allophonic variants.
Chaucerian Graphemics and Phonemics: A Study in Historical Methodology.