Free Variation

Free variation in linguistics is the phenomenon of two (or more) sounds or forms appearing in the same environment without a change in meaning and without being considered incorrect by native speakers.

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Free Variation - Further Description
... When phonemes are in free variation, speakers are sometimes strongly aware of the fact (especially where such variation is only visible across a ... However, only a very small proportion of English words show such variations ... In the case of allophones, however, free variation is exceedingly common, and, along with differing intonation patterns, variation in allophony is the most important single feature in the ...
Hawaiian Phonology - Consonants
... ʔ Fricative h Sonorant w ~ v l and are reported to be in free variation, although reports of could be a misinterpretation of unaspirated by English speakers ... There is basic free variation of and ... Roberts documented a sound between 'th' and 'k' in free variation with 'k' among elders from O'ahu and Kaua'i ...
Comanche Language - Phonology - Phonological Processes
... Free Variation although not often reflected in the orthography, certain sounds occur in free variation ... preaspiration and preglottalization may occur in free variation with a long vowel aakaaʔ / ahkaaʔ ('devil's horn') ...
Yanesha' Language - Phonology - Vowels
... In pre-final contexts, a variation occurs—especially before voiced consonants—ranging from creaky phonation throughout the vowel to a sequence of a vowel, glottal stop, and ... qualities, having contextual allophones as well as phones in free variation with each other /e/ is the short phoneme consisting of phones that are front and close ... Otherwise, the phones and are in free variation with each other so that /nexˈse/ ('my brother') may be realized as either or ...

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