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A written character or combination of characters having two or more phonetic values, such as the letter a or i in English.


(Phonetics & Phonology) a letter or character having more than one phonetic value, such as English c, pronounced (k) before a, o, or u or (s) before e or i


(ˈpɒl iˌfoʊn)

a polyphonic letter or symbol.
[1645–55; < Greek polýphōnos. See poly-, -phone]
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Noun1.polyphone - a letter that has two or more pronunciations; "`c' is a polyphone because it is pronounced like `k' in `car' but like `s' in `cell'"
alphabetic character, letter of the alphabet, letter - the conventional characters of the alphabet used to represent speech; "his grandmother taught him his letters"
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Highlights at Vindemia include a wide choice of collectables, antiques and modern art pieces including: a key wind cylinder music box by 'Humbert Brollier' of Geneva (1840); a coin operated polyphone with 15 discs made in Leipzig in around the 1900s; an English couch from the 19th century; English silverware; old newspapers, magazines and prints; antique and contemporary paintings; Ottoman calligraphy and Koran verses dating back to the 18th century, as well as, a few reproductions of Picasso and Dali.
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The development toward predominantly internal representation can be clearly described in a terminology taken from Mikhail Bakhtin as a shift from epic toward polyphone discourse, from depicting primarily an external flow of events toward attempts to convey the complex nature of human consciousness (see The Dialogic Imagination, Problems of Dostoyevsky's Poetics, and "Author and Hero on Aesthetic Activity").