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What are the differences between Phoneme, Phone and Allophone?

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Speaking in phonetic terms, a phone is quite simply a speech sound. This can be absolutely any sound or gesture, and it is the broadest of these terms since its meaning does not hinge on whether or not it changes the descriptive meaning of the language in which it is used.

A phoneme, on the other hand, is a phonetic sound that would change the meaning of the word that it is used in if it were swapped with another. For example, pear and bear have two completely different meanings, though they are only separated by the phonemes /p/ and /b/.

Allophones are different spoken sounds for the same phoneme, and typically do not have bearing on the meaning of the word in language. In fact, speakers of native language and laymen in the field of phonetics typically are not aware of different...

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