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Number of phonemes in English

How many phonemes are there in English?

44

Not too many people know that a phoneme of a language or dialect is an abstraction of a speech sound or of a group of different sounds.  It is important to know that there are about 44 phonemes in the English language.  Keep in mind that phonemes are used to analyze a language.  Needless to say, the phonemes number differs depending on which English is in use.   Moreover, everyone knows that English has wide variation in pronunciation.  Keep in mind that English orthography is not as strongly phonemic as that of certain other language.

This fact is verified on : October 25, 2013.





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