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The “c” in the word cat is best described as a

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The “c” in the word cat is best described as a

(A) phoneme.
(B) morpheme.
(C) holophrase.
(D) syllable.
(E) grapheme.

(A) phoneme.

The “c” in the word cat is best described as a phoneme. Phonemes are the smallest units of sound in a language. Morphemes are the smallest units of meaning in a language; the entire word cat is a morpheme as it cannot be broken down into smaller meaningful units. Holphrases are single words that toddlers use to express more complex ideas as they first learn language. A toddler might say “cat,” meaning “look, there’s a cat” or “I’d like to pet that cat.” Like phonemes, syllables are units of sound, but they are often composed of multiple phonemes; for instance, the word cat contains three phonemes but only one syllable. A grapheme is a written symbol for a sound in a language; letters are grapheme but so are the letter combinations that make up multiletter phonemes, for instance, “ph.”

Posted : 02/04/2024 4:55 pm