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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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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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