Main definitions of allophone in English

: allophone1allophone2

allophone1

noun

Phonetics
  • Any of the speech sounds that represent a single phoneme, such as the aspirated k in kit and the unaspirated k in skit, which are allophones of the phoneme k.

    • ‘A phone is a realization in sound of a phoneme, and an allophone is one such realization among others: for example, English /n/ is normally alveolar, but is dental before the dental fricative in ‘tenth’.’
    • ‘The allophone occurs in onset position of stressed syllables whereas the unaspirated allophone [p] occurs after syllable-initial [s].’

Origin

1930s: from allo- ‘other, different’+ phoneme.

Pronunciation

allophone

/ˈæləˌfoʊn//ˈaləˌfōn/

Main definitions of allophone in English

: allophone1allophone2

allophone2

noun

Canadian
  • (especially in Quebec) an immigrant whose first language is neither French nor English.

    • ‘Anglophone, francophone and allophone, we are Canadians, first of all.’
    • ‘In a worried report, a Université de Montréal demographer suggests that so many francophones are moving there that by 2021 allophones and anglophones will combine to form the majority of Montreal's population.’
    • ‘In Quebec, the linguistic majority abuses the groups they call anglophones and allophones.’
    • ‘Now that the Canadian and Quebec governments are trying to pick immigrants who already speak French or English, it will make it harder for allophones to do well here.’

Origin

1970s: from allo-, on the pattern of francophone.

Pronunciation

allophone

/ˈæləˌfoʊn//ˈaləˌfōn/