monophonic

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Etymology[edit]

mono- +‎ -phonic

Adjective[edit]

monophonic

  1. (of sound reproduction) having a single channel; monaural (compare stereophonic)
  2. (music) having a single melodic line and no harmony (compare polyphonic)
  3. (orthography) having simple one-to-one mapping between letters and phonemes
    • 1828 7th July, Peter S. Du Ponceau, “On some Points connected with the Nature of the Chinese Language”, The Philosophical magazine, volume 5: 
      From a similar selection, says M. Remusat, the Coreans have made a monophonic alphabet of nine vowels and fifteen consonants

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