One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Each of two or more alternative forms of a letter of an alphabet or other grapheme. The capital, lowercase, italic, and various handwritten forms of the letter A are allographs.
- ‘In Old English, the characters we call eth and thorn are not graphemically distinct: they are allographs which vary freely.’
- ‘Often only some of the codes of an allograph to be recognized correspond to a sequence of codes from the dictionary, and the allograph is not recognized with certainty.’
- ‘Yet there is another level of meaning that changes with each allograph, an esthetic meaning that we cannot avoid.’
- ‘This paper presents an original method for creating allograph models and recognizing them within cursive handwriting.’
- ‘Sign names and values with modifiers and/or allographs following them should not be be treated as compounds.’
- 1.1Phonetics Each of two or more letters or letter combinations representing a single phoneme in different words. Allographs of the phoneme /f/ include the (f) of “fake” and the (ph) of “phase.”.
- ‘In addition, because a letter may appear in allographs which encode respectively different phonemes, the user is taught alternative sounds that the selected letter may represent.’
1950s: from allo- ‘other, different’ + grapheme.
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