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    Hi,

    I need help in explaining what the difference between phonemic and phonetic vowels are. Can anyone help?

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    Sarah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah Anne View Post
    Hi,

    I need help in explaining what the difference between phonemic and phonetic vowels are. Can anyone help?

    Thanks,
    Sarah
    In the word “bed”, three different speakers might pronounce this as [bed], [bɛd], be:d]. The vowels involved are three phonetic variants (allophones) of one phoneme /e/. These three phonetic transcriptions would all be transcribed phonemically as /bed/. By contrast [] is not an allophone of /e/, because /bd/ “bad” is a different word from “bed”.



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