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The term transphonation refers to a phoneme-by-phoneme representation of discourse. This transliterator skill is generally used to convey accents, dialects, and foreign languages.


Due to the phonemic nature of Cued Speech, transliterators are able to represent the discourse of others at the level of single segments. In other words, when cueing a sentence like, The children are playing in the creek. A CLT can cue the word creek containing a vowel sound like the one in seek or like the one in sick depending on the dialect in the source message. Therefore, not only is the word-for-word English message transliterated, the sound-for-sound pronunciation is also conveyed through transphonation.