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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2) As in the case of Wales (2001), some other scholars have used the term graphemics to refer to the study of writing systems.
Chaucerian Graphemics and Phonemics: A Study in Historical Methodology.
The standard was expressed in, among others, a consolidated graphemic system whereby the functional interrelations between particular graphemes and phonemes remained relatively stable (even if these interrelations were complex), as well as in the consistent spelling of particular morphemic exponents of grammatical categories, derivational morphemes, as well as loanwords.
The following section discusses the graphemic realisations of the most popular derivational suffixes, both native and borrowed ones.