diaphone

diaphone

[dahy-uh-fohn]
noun
1.
a foghorn producing a low-pitched, penetrating signal of two tones.
2.
Phonetics.
a.
a phoneme in one dialect corresponding to a similar but phonetically different phoneme in a related dialect.
b.
a group of sounds comprising all the phonetically different dialectal variants of a given phoneme in a language: The broad a and flat a of “half” are members of a single diaphone.

Origin:
1905–10; dia- + -phone

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diaphone (ˈdaɪəˌfəʊn)
 
n
1.  a.  the set of all realizations of a given phoneme in a language
 b.  one of any number of corresponding sounds in different dialects of a language
2.  a foghorn that emits a two-toned signal
 
[C20: from dia(lect) + phone²]

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