What is the difference between letter signs

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If scientists want to write down sounds precisely, they also need special writing. To do this, they often use the difficult International Phonetic Alphabet.

A sound is part of language, a sign. The sounds are the signs of the spoken language, while the letters are the signs of the written language. Several sounds together can form a word.

The sound, like other noises, consists of sound. People make these sounds with their breath, vocal cords and mouth. In the mouth, the lips and tongue are the main speech tools.

People can make many different sounds. But in one language, for example German, you only use a certain number. Such specific sounds are called phonemes. These are the smallest units of language with which one differentiates meaning. The word “reading” differs from another word, “broom”, only by a single phoneme.

But a sound is not automatically a letter. Several letters can represent a sound. An example: The sequence of letters "sch" in the word "schade" stands for a single sound. In addition, a sound can be represented by different letters. For example, this sound is sometimes written with "sch" and sometimes with "ch", for example in the word "Charme".

What kind of sounds are there?

There are many ways to classify the sounds. The best known is probably the difference between vowels and sympathetic sounds. With a vowel, also called a vowel, the breath flows more or less unhindered through the mouth. Vowels are A, E, I, O, U. They can be pronounced long or short. The A in "Wahn" is a long A, the A in "Wand" is a short one.

In the case of the consonants, on the other hand, the flow of breath is hindered or blocked. An example is the B, where the breath is forced through the lips. While a vowel can carry one syllable on its own, a vowel usually needs a vowel.

There is also the twilight, also called two-tone, double-tone or diphtong. They are usually written in two letters. In German, au, ei and eu are the most common doubts. They are said to be pronounced long.


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