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[fuh-nee-miks, foh-]
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noun (used with a singular verb)
  1. the study of phonemes and phonemic systems.
  2. the phonemic system of a language, or a discussion of this: English phonemics.
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Origin of phonemics

First recorded in 1935–40; phoneme + -ics
Related formspho·ne·mi·cist [fuh-nee-muh-sist, foh-] /fəˈni mə sɪst, foʊ-/, noun
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Related Words for phonemics

utterance, accent, diction, enunciation, articulation, twang, elocution, speech, drawl, phonetics, phonology, syllabification, phonemics, orthoepy

British Dictionary definitions for phonemics


  1. (functioning as singular) that aspect of linguistics concerned with the classification, analysis, interrelation, and environmental changes of the phonemes of a language
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Derived Formsphonemicist, noun
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