June 27, 2011 § Leave a comment
These small creatures are found everywhere. They are talented at distinguishing differences between sounds that most beasts wouldn’t take the time to think about, or in some cases wouldn’t even be able to hear. Unfortunately, a phoneme is so small that its protestations in pointing out the significant difference in, say for example, the words pit and bit, are often overlooked by other beasts. If the phoneme is heard by a beast, the beast may merely comment on some annoying and generally vague puh sound coming for somewhere. Though their roles are important, phonemes are greatly under appreciated and deserve your full attention and active listening skills upon encountering them.
1. Any of a small set of units, usually about 20 to 60 in number, and different for each language, considered to be the basic distinctive units of speech sound by which morphemes, words, and sentences are represented.