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In linguistics, an allophone is one of two or more variations of the sound of the same phoneme. (A phoneme is a perceptually distinct unit of sound in a specified language that distinguishes one word from another.) In a language, a phoneme might be the sound of the letter /d/ as it is pronounced in the word “dog.”How many allophones are there in the phoneme?
With these examples, we can see that the phoneme /t/ has at least two allophones: [tʰ] and [ɾ]. We can even look at the word putt and see that the [t] can be pronounced as a “regular” [t] sound:Which is an allophone of the phoneme Todd?
That means we can say that in American English [ɾ] is an allophone of the phoneme /t/. But sometimes the /t/ phoneme does use a [t] sound like in the name Todd:What are some areas of research on allophones?
Additional areas of research for more understanding of allophones might include allophonic rule, allomorphs, linguistic alternation, phonemes, complementary distribution, free variation, and positional variants.