allophone

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Etymology[edit]

From allo- (different) +‎ -phone,

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Noun[edit]

allophone (plural allophones)

  1. (phonology) Any of two or more alternative pronunciations for a phoneme.
    [ʋ] is occasionally considered to be an allophone of /v/
    • 2003, Mikhail Sergeevich Andronov, A Comparative Grammar of the Dravidian Languages, Otto Harrassowitz Verlag (→ISBN), page 33:
      In the former the bilabial phone forms an allophone of the phoneme /v/ in word-final position after /a/ and an allophone of the phoneme /u/ when it is preceded by an obstruent and followed by /a/; []
  2. (Canada) A person whose mother tongue is neither English, French nor an Indigenous language of Canada.
  3. A person whose mother tongue is one other than that spoken by the majority.

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allophone (comparative more allophone, superlative most allophone)

  1. (Canada) Of or relating to those whose mother tongue is neither English, French nor an Indigenous language of Canada
    • 2010, Charles Boberg, The English Language in Canada: Status, History and Comparative Analysis, Cambridge University Press (→ISBN), page 23:
      In every case the allophone population is vastly larger than the proportion of francophones, which ranges from 4.2 percent [] from other parts of Canada more than international immigration from abroad: despite a growing allophone presence, []
    • 2010, Statistics Canada, Canada Year (→ISBN)
      As immigration increases from different parts of the world, the linguistic makeup of Canada changes. In 2006, the allophone population—individuals whose mother tongue is neither English nor French—totalled 6.3 million, []
  2. That which is of a language other than that spoken by the majority.

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