phoneme

(noun) The smallest meaningful speech sound in a language.

Example: The /k/ sound in cat or key.

Audio Pronunciation: (pho·neme)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: phonemes
  • Compared and contrasted with morpheme.
  • Linguistics (adverb) phonemically study (adjective) phonemic or (adjective) phonematic parts of words.

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How to Cite the Definition of Phoneme

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “phoneme.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved November 14, 2018 (https://sociologydictionary.org/phoneme/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

phoneme. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/phoneme/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “phoneme.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed November 14, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/phoneme/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“phoneme.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 14 Nov. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/phoneme/>.