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The study of the abstract aspect of the sounds or *phonemes* in a given language.

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Where did the nasal sound in the Portuguese word "sim" come from?

In the late sixteenth century, there was a sporadic sound change in Portuguese which caused some stressed, word-final /i/s to become nasalised. Examples: sim, marfim, assim, metim, morim. An older t …
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Minimal Pairs Highlighting the Difference between American and British English

The Wikipedia page on lexical sets has various tables comparing the vowels phonemes that correspond to each multi-dialectal diaphoneme. The first table compares General American to RP; I think that is …