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acrophone (plural acrophones)
- (linguistics, archaeology) The first sound of a word, or a glyph used to represent the first sound of the word it represents
1999, G. Brian Thompson et al., “Learning correspondences between letters and phonemes without explicit instruction”, in Applied Psycholinguistics, DOI:10.1017/S0142716499001022:
- There were three classes of predicted knowledge sources: (a) induced sublexical relations (i.e., induction of orthographic–phonological relations from the experience of print words), (b) acrophones from letter names, and (c) transfer from spelling experience.
2006, Gordon James Hamilton, The origins of the West Semitic alphabet in Egyptian scripts, page 26:
- Where there are no certain cognates to an acrophone, but the identity of its letter is secure, I shall reconstruct the translation in square brackets.