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  • October 1, 2015
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The smallest element of sound in speech that can make one sound different from another is called a phoneme. The two major categories of phoneme sounds are consonant and vowel. Common consonant phonemes in English are -b, -n, -t and -r. Note how the smallest phoneme alteration in the following example changes each word completely. Ray,…


  • September 30, 2015
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A suffix is a letter or group of letters added to the end of a word that forms a derivative of the original and gives extra or a different meaning. It can’t be complete without some sort of root and cannot stand alone in a sentence. Common Suffix Examples in English Many suffixes, as well…

Split digraph

  • September 25, 2015
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Phonemes are the most basic units of sound in English and graphemes are the symbols that represent them. For instance, the alphabet has 26 graphemes, and each represents a unique sound. To better remember this, keep in mind that spoken language was invented before written language. Mixing graphemes together in different combinations is how words…

Grapheme-phoneme correspondence

  • September 11, 2015
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In English, a phoneme is the smallest unit of sound. There are around 44, depending on the various accents, and they can be composed of as few as one letter and as many as four. Adding these units of sound together is how words are crafted. A grapheme is how a phoneme is written down,…