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phonemic

[fuh-nee-mik, foh-] /fəˈni mɪk, foʊ-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to phonemes:
a phonemic system.
2.
of or pertaining to phonemics.
3.
concerning or involving the discrimination of distinctive speech elements of a language:
a phonemic contrast.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; phoneme + -ic
Related forms
phonemically, adverb
nonphonemic, adjective
nonphonemically, adverb
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Examples for phonemic
  • Furthermore, there is evidence that phonemic awareness in one language supports reading development in a second language.
  • phonemic awareness can help students learn to read and spell.
  • phonemic awareness instruction is a means to an end, not an end in itself.
  • Vowel length is phonemic and plays an important role in the language.
  • The phonemic status of some of the vowels in question is relatively unclear.
British Dictionary definitions for phonemic

phonemic

/fəˈniːmɪk/
adjective (linguistics)
1.
of or relating to the phoneme
2.
relating to or denoting speech sounds that belong to different phonemes rather than being allophonic variants of the same phoneme Compare phonetic (sense 2)
3.
of or relating to phonemics
Derived Forms
phonemically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for phonemic
adj.

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

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