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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahr-kuh-foh-neem, ahr-kuh-foh-neem]
    • /ˈɑr kəˌfoʊ nim, ˌɑr kəˈfoʊ nim/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahr-kuh-foh-neem, ahr-kuh-foh-neem]
    • /ˈɑr kəˌfoʊ nim, ˌɑr kəˈfoʊ nim/

Definitions of archiphoneme word

  • noun archiphoneme an abstract linguistic unit representing two or more phonemes when the distinction between these has been neutralized: conventionally shown by a capital letter within slashes, as /T/ for /t/ and /d/ in German Rat and Rad 3
  • noun archiphoneme an abstract phonological unit consisting of the distinctive features common to two phonemes that differ only in that one has a distinctive feature lacking in the other. The archiphoneme is said to be realized when in a certain position an otherwise phonemic opposition is neutralized; thus, in German, while p and b are separate phonemes differing only in the distinctive feature of voicing, in final position the voicing or unvoicing of the labial stop is nondistinctive, and the p- sound of leib “body” may be called the realization of the archiphoneme. 1
  • noun archiphoneme such a unit occurring in a position where the contrast between two or more phonemes is neutralized. 1
  • noun archiphoneme (linguistics, phonology) A unit representing two or more underlying phonemes, where the distinction between them has been neutralized under certain conditions. 0

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Origin of archiphoneme

First appearance:

before 1935
One of the 8% newest English words
1935-40; < German Archiphonem or < French archiphonème, term first used by R. Jakobson in 1929; see archi-, phoneme

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archiphoneme popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 43% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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