Definitions for graphemeˈgræf im

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

graph•emeˈgræf im(n.)

  1. a minimal unit of a writing system.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  2. a unit of a writing system consisting of all the written symbols or sequences of written symbols that are used to represent a single phoneme.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

Origin of grapheme:

1935–40; < Gk gráph(ein) to write +-eme

gra•phe′mi•cal•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. character, grapheme, graphic symbol(noun)

    a written symbol that is used to represent speech

    "the Greek alphabet has 24 characters"

Wiktionary

  1. grapheme(Noun)

    A fundamental unit of a writing system corresponding to letters in the English alphabet.

  2. grapheme(Noun)

    In alphabetic writing, the shortest group of letters composing a phoneme.

  3. Origin: From γράφω + -eme.

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  1. Grapheme

    A grapheme is the smallest semantically distinguishing unit in a written language, analogous to the phonemes of spoken languages. A grapheme may or may not carry meaning by itself, and may or may not correspond to a single phoneme. Graphemes include alphabetic letters, typographic ligatures, Chinese characters, numerical digits, punctuation marks, and other individual symbols of any of the world's writing systems. The word grapheme is derived from Greek γράφω gráphō, and the suffix -eme, by analogy with phoneme and other names of emic units. The study of graphemes is called graphemics. A grapheme is an abstract concept, similar to a character in computing. A glyph is a specific shape that represents that grapheme, in a specific typeface. For example, the abstract concept of "the Arabic numeral one" is a grapheme, which would have two different glyphs in the fonts Times New Roman and Helvetica.

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