[lg policy] dialects or accents : a confusion !

vic.webb at VODAMAIL.CO.ZA vic.webb at VODAMAIL.CO.ZA
Tue Jan 10 07:08:06 UTC 2012

No, Mostari


A phoneme is an abstract entity, (a unit in the grammatical system of a
language), which represents the different pronunciations of the particular
unit. E.g. the English /r/, which is pronounced differently in the UK, the
USA, and elsewhere where English is spoken (and in some positions of words
which contain the phoneme, not even pronounced, or heard: as in the
pronunciation of the /r/ in car in the UK (and here in SA).


The sounds one hears when people speak, material entities, are phones,
speech sounds.


Hope this helps.

Vic Webb, Linguistics, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

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