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EtymologyEdit

From heterography.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌhɛt.ə.ɹəʊˈɡɹæf.ik/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌhɛt.ə.ɹoʊˈɡɹæf.ik/
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heterographic (not comparable)

  1. Misspelled; of or pertaining to an incorrect spelling or a spelling that differs from accepted standards.
  2. (linguistics) Of a writing system in which a particular symbol represents more than one possible sound.
    In English. many letters are heterographic.
    • 2000, Po-Ching Yip, The Chinese Lexicon: A Comprehensive Survey‎, page 16:
      Quite often, more than one heterographic monosyllable [] can represent the same mononym in particular contexts if they are semantically indifferentiable.
    • 2008, Elena L. Grigorenko & Adam J. Naples, Single-word Reading: Behavioral and Biological Perspectives‎, page 140
      English has few such heterophonic homographs, hence much of the work in English (and French) examining orthography-phonology consistency effects at the whole-word level has focused on heterographic homophones.

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