Glyphs and graphemes [was Re: Cult-like behaviour]

Marko Rauhamaa marko at pacujo.net
Tue Jul 17 14:16:29 EDT 2018


MRAB <python at mrabarnett.plus.com>:
> "ch" usually represents 2 phonemes, basically the sounds of "t"
> followed by "sh";

Traditionally, that sound is considered a single phoneme:

   <URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affricate_consonant>

Can you hear the difference in these expressions:

   high chairs

   height shares

   height chairs

Try them on an English-speaking person. In a restaurant, ask for a
"height share" and see if they bring you a high chair.

The English "tr" sound can also be considered a single affricate
phoneme:

   <URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voiceless_postalveolar_affricate>

Is there a difference between these expressions:

   rye train

   right rain

   right train


Marko


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