Phoneme (definition)

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Is the smallest unit of sound which represent an orthographic symbol or a combination of orthographic symbols that may be combined to form a morpheme, or word. For example, in English the letters “T and H” form one sound, and the phoneme the two create is the interdental fricative that is represented in IPA as: /θ/(unvoiced)or /ð/ (voiced). So given the transcription,/ðə/ for "the", each symbol ð and ə is a phoneme which represents a sound.

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  • Crystal, David (1997). Dictionary of linguistics and Phonetics. Malden: Blackwell