[fuh-nee-mik, foh-] /fəˈni mɪk, foʊ-/

of or relating to :
a phonemic system.
of or relating to .
concerning or involving the discrimination of distinctive speech elements of a language:
a phonemic contrast.
adjective (linguistics)
of or relating to the phoneme
relating to or denoting speech sounds that belong to different phonemes rather than being allophonic variants of the same phoneme Compare phonetic (sense 2)
of or relating to phonemics

1933, from phoneme + -ic. Related: Phonemics (1936); phonemically.


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