(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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- Plural: phonemes
- Compared and contrasted with morpheme.
- Linguistics (adverb) phonemically study (adjective) phonemic or (adjective) phonematic parts of words.
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- Word origin of “phoneme” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
How to Cite the Definition of Phoneme
ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “phoneme.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved January 20, 2019 (http://sociologydictionary.org/phoneme/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
phoneme. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/phoneme/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “phoneme.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed January 20, 2019. http://sociologydictionary.org/phoneme/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“phoneme.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 20 Jan. 2019. <http://sociologydictionary.org/phoneme/>.