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.
"Graphemic analysis of late Middle English manuscripts".
This corpus-based study focuses on the graphemic realisations of several derivational suffixes in thirteen editions of the Kalender of Shepherdes, an early modern almanac published between 1506 and 1656.
A detailed graphemic analysis of the KS editions reveals that their printers were characterised by different degrees of both consistency and subjection to the normative influence.
The following section discusses the graphemic realisations of the most popular derivational suffixes, both native and borrowed ones.