English Phonology

Distribution of Phonemes English, like all other languages, has its unique phonological rules regarding the distribution of phonemes. These rules are called phonotactics. Phonotactics describe permissible sequence of phonemes in a language; such as which phonemes can (or cannot) occur in certain positions in words and which can or cannot cluster (combine).  For example, not... Continue Reading →

Making Sense of ‘t’ in English

English spelling and reading can sometimes present challenges due to some of the complexities of the grapheme-phoneme correspondences.  Several graphemes (spelling units) represent more than one pronunciation and a single pronunciation can be written using different graphemes.  However, the complexities of the grapheme-phoneme correspondences provide us with valuable information about words. How a word is... Continue Reading →

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