autonomous phoneme

noun Linguistics.

a phoneme that is defined or determined by its contrast in sound with other phonemes, without reference to its role in morphology or any other level of linguistic analysis beyond the phonetic level.

Nearby words

  1. autonomic plexus,
  2. autonomics,
  3. autonomism,
  4. autonomotropic,
  5. autonomous,
  6. autonomous syntax,
  7. autonomously,
  8. autonomy,
  9. autonym,
  10. autooxidation

Also called taxonomic phoneme. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019