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Phoneme vs. Syllable

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Phonemenoun

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.

Syllablenoun

(linguistics) A unit of human speech that is interpreted by the listener as a single sound, although syllables usually consist of one or more vowel sounds, either alone or combined with the sound of one or more consonants; a word consists of one or more syllables.

Phonemenoun

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

Syllablenoun

The written representation of a given pronounced syllable.

Phonemenoun

any of the perceptually distinct units of sound in a specified language that distinguish one word from another, for example p, b, d, and t in the English words pad, pat, bad, and bat.

Syllablenoun

A small part of a sentence or discourse; anything concise or short; a particle.

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Phoneme

In phonology and linguistics, a phoneme is a unit of sound that can distinguish one word from another in a particular language. For example, in most dialects of English, with the notable exception of the West Midlands and the north-west of England, the sound patterns (sin) and (sing) are two separate words that are distinguished by the substitution of one phoneme, /n/, for another phoneme, /ŋ/.

Syllableverb

To utter in syllables.

Syllablenoun

An elementary sound, or a combination of elementary sounds, uttered together, or with a single effort or impulse of the voice, and constituting a word or a part of a word. In other terms, it is a vowel or a diphtong, either by itself or flanked by one or more consonants, the whole produced by a single impulse or utterance. One of the liquids, l, m, n, may fill the place of a vowel in a syllable. Adjoining syllables in a word or phrase need not to be marked off by a pause, but only by such an abatement and renewal, or reënforcement, of the stress as to give the feeling of separate impulses. See Guide to Pronunciation, 275.

Syllablenoun

In writing and printing, a part of a word, separated from the rest, and capable of being pronounced by a single impulse of the voice. It may or may not correspond to a syllable in the spoken language.

‘Withouten vice [i. e. mistake] of syllable or letter.’;

Syllablenoun

A small part of a sentence or discourse; anything concise or short; a particle.

‘Before any syllable of the law of God was written.’; ‘Who dare speakOne syllable against him?’;

Syllableverb

To pronounce the syllables of; to utter; to articulate.

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Syllablenoun

a unit of spoken language larger than a phoneme;

‘the word `pocket' has two syllables’;

Syllablenoun

a unit of pronunciation having one vowel sound, with or without surrounding consonants, forming the whole or a part of a word; for example, there are two syllables in water and three in inferno.

Syllablenoun

a character or characters representing a syllable.

Syllablenoun

the least amount of speech or writing; the least mention of something

‘I'd never have breathed a syllable if he'd kept quiet’;

Syllableverb

pronounce (a word or phrase) clearly, syllable by syllable.

Syllable

A syllable is a unit of organization for a sequence of speech sounds. It is typically made up of a syllable nucleus (most often a vowel) with optional initial and final margins (typically, consonants).

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