grapheme

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grapheme

(grăf′ēm)
1. A letter of an alphabet.
2. The smallest element in a writing system.
3. A written symbol or group of symbols used to represent a single sound.
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Similarly to {-SHIP}, the graphemic representation of the suffix {-ANCE} undergoes a significant change in Wa2 where the variant -ance is nearly as popular as -aunce (see Table 5 and Figure 2).
It is the main graphemic representation of {-TION} already in Huloet (1552), although -cion also remains an important variant in this dictionary (accounting for approximately one third of the tokens).
By contrast, the suffixes {-ITY} and {-TION} had undergone important graphemic changes by 1556, and the suffix {-ANCE} by c.