The Online Dictionary of Language Terminology (ODLT)


phonemic inventory
Definition - The set of distinct, meaningful sounds (i.e. phonemes) that a particular language uses. For example, the English language has 44 phonemes. Click here to see a list of them.

Example Usages -

1. “The vocal tract and the auditory system put strong constraints on what an articulatorily possible and perceptually distinguishable speech sound is. Nevertheless, the extreme range of phonemic (distinctive sound) inventories, from 11 to 144, is already a telling fact about linguistic diversity (Maddieson 1984).”
(Source: The Myth of Language Universals: Language diversity and its importance for cognitive science (Nicholas Evans & Stephen Levinson) )



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