What is a phonic unit? I tried to find out this notion on the Web, but I did not find any explicit or accurate definition but just others definitions that use this notion.

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    To avoid other users guessing, can you please expand your question by referencing some inaccurate definitions of the term you have encountered with? – bytebuster Dec 15 '17 at 17:11

This is not a standard technical term used in linguistics, though it appears to have been used in an English translation of a French textbook by Ruwet. "Phonic" itself is most generally used in spelling pedagogy, and has to do with speech sounds. It could refer to a phoneme, or an allophone of a phoneme, or a group of letters that corresponds to a phoneme (such as "th" = [θ]).

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