from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The smallest phonetic unit in a language that is capable of conveying a distinction in meaning, as the m of mat and the b of bat in English.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as phone, n.
- n. A voice-sound imagined by the insane; a hallucination of voices.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (linguistics) one of a small set of speech sounds that are distinguished by the speakers of a particular language
By the 2nd millennium BC, Mesopotamian script changed from pictographic to cuneiform writing (wedge shaped signs representing sounds instead of objects), and by around 2000BC the first true alphabetic system (where a phoneme is represented by a letter) appeared.
In addition, the English-Greek children also outperformed their Greek/English counterparts in phoneme awareness tasks, suggesting that learning an alphabetic language as a first one (English) promotes the level of phonological awareness (phonemic awareness).
A phoneme is the smallest unit of sound in a given language that can be recognized as being distinct from other sounds in the language.
A phoneme is a set of similar sounds showing meaning differences or differentiating between words.
I would like to think this meant the pasta was served by bongo-playing beatnik waiters, but I'm afraid the explanation is much more prosaic: most low-level jobs in New York restaurants are filled by Spanish-speakers, and in Spanish b and v are purely graphic variants for the same phoneme, which is pronounced b at the start of a word.
He read our names from a slate, stumbling over the "W" phoneme, which is strange to the Norlan dialect.
A phoneme is the smallest sound unit by which we distinguish one word from another.
One of the most famous artists to ground their work in the phoneme is the Dadaist Kurt Schwitters, whose "Ur Sonata" demilitarized language after World War I by softening and subtilizing phonemes through the performance of a score. Schwitters 'work coincides with the Russian Futurists', whose made-up language "Zaum" used phonemics to tap language's universal source, and thereby its glossolalic, transliterative potentials.
The other promising audio searching technology is known as phoneme software.
But the good news is that the easiest and most effective way to promote basic literacy skills in young children – - skills that have fancy names such as phoneme awareness and alliteration sensitivity – - is simply to read aloud to kids.