How do new phonemes enter a language

Structure and characteristics of the written German language

Written Language Acquisition and Teaching pp 49-61 | Cite as

Summary

The German writing is based on a phonological system, i.e. the different characters relate to aspects of the phonetic form of words. However, the letters do not correspond to the sounds of the spoken language in a 1: 1 assignment. In this respect, German is only referred to as a “loudoriented“Alphabet writing. The relationship between letters and sounds is far more complex than an experienced user of the written language is usually aware of. A correspondence between spoken and written language does not exist on the level of sounds and letters, but on the level of phonemes and graphemes. The term “phoneme” is consequently only inadequately translated as “sound”.

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