Diphones

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A diphone refers to two phones, usually in reference to the transition in pronunciation they make when next to each other in the thing to pronounced, especially when this is distinct from their isolated pronunciations.


In theory, any phone could combine so there can be explosively many of these, though in practice the phonotactics of a language will restrict what appears together, and often otherwise keep things simpler than "everything is different".

In practice, a language often has between hundreds to maybe two thousand diphones, but arguably most of them will be exceptions, which is why "speak these carefully constructed sentences" can capture most of them in a few se


Diphones are common in vocal modelling for speech analysis, speech recognition and speech synthesis.


Not to be confused with dipthong, which one vowel sliding into another

a dipthong can be considered more specific: a diphone of two vowels(verify)