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       ALPHABET-DEFINITIONS

       A. Definitions

Alphabet - an ordered set of sound signs - named after first two letters in the Greek: alpha-beta [alef-bet]. A set of graphem-phoneme correspondences which allow a graphic shape to serve as a sound sign or phonogram.  In an ideal alphabet there is one and only one letter or symbol for each important sound in the language.

ALPHABET: A type of writing system in which a set of symbols [letters] represents the important sounds [phonemes] of a language. DICTIONARY OF LANGUAGE & LANGUAGES BY DAVID CRYSTAL 

Unifon means one sound and indicates one sound per symbol.  In many writing systems there is only one sound per symbol.  In English there are over 14 sounds per symbol.  The English writing system has 106 symbols for 40 or so sounds.  The problem is that the same symbol can refer to more than one sound. 

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