Have you ever had trouble remembering the difference between homoPHONES and homoNYMS? I have. And as if that’s not confusing enough. While homonyms, homophones, and homographs make English much more difficult, that complexity also makes the language very interesting, and occasionally. Homomorphs have to do with morphemes, homographs with spelling, homophones with speech sounds, and homonyms combine the last two.

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So say many dictionaries. Exactly what I was looking for! From our example, you can already see that -er can mean a hlmograph or a human agent, but it can also be used to compare words — strong and strongeror to create informal forms of words — six-footer or fresher.

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As you might have guessed, the homo — part of these terms refers to sameness relating to a specific aspect of language. By homohone this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. For example, bass can mean either a type of wood, fish, hojograph voice. Sign up, it’s free! Novice sewers often buy their fabric on sale. Even according to the most restrictive definitions, various pairs of sounds and meanings of bowBow and bough are homonymshomographshomophonesheteronymsheterographscapitonyms and are polysemous.

Especially when the terms are very similar in both meaning and sound. I’m interested in some professional definitions of the three word types and if possible, of a heteronym and also some help with completing my table. However, that is not entirely the use the ancient Greeks put the word. Can you spot the homonyms in the sentence “The baseball pitcher drank a pitcher of water”?

Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. This is a good start on an answer to the poster’s question. Liens de la barre de menu commune English. Trying to make sense of linguistic terms can sometimes be a challenge.

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To make it even more useful, consider adding explanations of the terms homonym and heteronym. Thank you for your interest in this question. Here’s a diagram I found, but I found it a bit too messy to be able to be read: Depending on whom you talk to, homonym means either: Similarly, a river banka savings banka bank of switches, and a bank shot in the game of pool share a common spelling and pronunciation, but differ in meaning.

The —phone ending means sound or voice, so a homophone has the same pronunciation.

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But in his reckoning, homonyms are words that are both homophones and homographs. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site the association bonus does not count.

This wikipedia entry has a table like yours:: Notice how the pronunciation for bass the fish or wood is different to that of bass the voice. And indeed, that is what it is.

A homograph is a word that has the same spelling as another word but has a different sound and a different meaning:. He also defines homographs more simply as words that are spelled the same and have different meanings, without any mention of pronunciation. However, other dictionaries allow that a homonym can be a homograph or a homophone.

A word that is spelled and pronounced like another but has a different meaning homograph and homophone. A distinction is sometimes made between true homonyms, which are unrelated in origin, such as skate glide on ice and skate the fishand polysemous homonyms, or polysemeswhich have a shared origin, such as mouth of a river and mouth of an animal.

If homonym retains all these meanings, how will readers know what is actually meant?

The -graph in homograph indicates writing, like in auto graph and para graph. With so many notable resources pointing to the contrary, are we losing this strict meaning?


The careful writer would do well to follow the strict sense, ensuring his meaning is understood immediately. As with many scientific terms, the origin of these is Greek. A word that is spelled like another but has a different sound and meaning homograph ; a word that sounds like another but has a different spelling and meaning homophone.

No doubt the confusion — or the disagreement — will continue unabated, and you will likely have to explain your terms whenever you use them. But here’s where it gets tricky.

For example, minute [noun] hokograph minute [adjective] These words are pronounced in different ways when used to mean ‘a unit of time’ and ‘tiny’. But sewer a conduit for waste and sewer a person who sews sound quite different:. And while homonyms should essentially refer to words that are both pronounced and spelled the same, the term has taken on a wider meaning in everyday language and these homnoym have disappeared.

This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat The words bow and bough are examples where there are two meanings associated with a single pronunciation and spelling the weapon and the knot ; two meanings with two different pronunciations the knot and the act of bending at the waistand two distinct meanings sharing the same sound but different spellings bowthe act of bending at the waist, and boughthe branch of a tree.

Homographs have the same spelling but do not necessarily sound the same. Passer au contenu Passer aux liens institutionnels.

Hompohone, strictly speaking, homonyms are used to describe words that are both homographs and homonyms at the same time — they share both spelling and pronunciation.