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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Diphthongs are made from a simple vowel phoneme followed by one of,,.
▪ Alphabetic systems possess an inventory of symbols, called an alphabet, to represent the individual phonemes.
▪ At the lexical level the frame of discernment consists of words expressed as ordered sets of phonemes.
▪ For example, the validity of a string of phonemes depends on what is in the lexical data base.
▪ It should be noted, however, that the problems discussed above with reference to phoneme recognition apply to other units such as syllables as well.
▪ More marginal are those in which there is correspondence only in some of the segmental phonemes.
▪ One cause is the effort that children in all societies must make to master the phonemes of their language.
▪ The particular phoneme used generally depends on the surrounding sounds or the position of the sound in a word.
▪ The question might be answered by saying that the new phonemes are to be classed as vowels.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"distinctive sound or group of sounds," 1889, from French phonème, from Greek phonema "a sound made, voice," from phonein "to sound or speak," from phone "sound, voice," from PIE root *bha- (2) "speak" (see fame (n.)).


n. An indivisible unit of sound in a given language. A phoneme is an abstraction of the physical speech sounds (phones) and may encompass several different phones.


n. (linguistics) one of a small set of speech sounds that are distinguished by the speakers of a particular language


The phoneME project is Sun Microsystems reference implementation of Java virtual machine and associated libraries of Java ME with source, licensed under the GNU General Public License.

The phoneME library includes implementations of Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) and Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) as well as complete or partial implementations for some optional package JSRs:

Usage examples of "phoneme".

But who was he, Enderby, to adapt a great tragedy to the limited talents, New World phonemes and intonations and slangy lapses, cecity towards the past, Pyrrhonism and so on of this weak cry of players?

The normal morpheme, in their language as in ours, consists of a sequence of phonemes.

Every phoneme was formed of two or three superposed sounds, and every morpheme was a blend of phonemes, flowing together like water.

When he connected me to the modem, his goal was to supplement my technical knowledge of speech -- phonemes, morphemes, syntax, lexicon, prosody, discourse -- with a broad-based knowledge of semantics.

The interpreter was supposed to enhance her ability to separate out phonemes and recognize syntactical patterns, not just store Middle English vocabulary, but she might as well be listening to Serbo-Croatian.

But who was he, Enderby, to adapt a great tragedy to the limited talents, New World phonemes and intonations and slangy lapses, cecity towards the past, Pyrrhonism and so on of this weak cry of players?

By repeating this term over and over, perhaps in the same rhythm at which you squeeze a ball, you can reduce it to an empty series of phonemes, just formants and fricatives, trochaically stressed, signifying zip.

The English phonemes sounded starkly alien as they echoed through his mind, and he wondered if he was even getting them right.

The phonemes formed more easily on their tongues now and their command of syntax had improved, but both of them still struggled with vocabulary.

Furthermore, they seemed unable to grasp the idea that an arrangement of phonemes could always have the same meaning regardless of pitch.

Compared with the paltry few dozen phonemes available in human languages, the richness of the Cygnan language must be beyond belief!

It fit the context and contained, within a cloud of embellishments, the set of phonemes that denoted something that was small in size or a model for something larger.

I hear one of them shout between computerese and the guttural hell of metallic phonemes.

Even after all this time—even with the downshifter gadget to make all the phonemes audible—Spidertalk was harder than any human language he knew of.

Each phoneme is created by a certain discrete set of physiological actions.