- Phonology is defined as the study of sound patterns and their meanings, both within and across languages.
- An example of phonology is the study of different sounds and the way they come together to form speech and words - such as the comparison of the sounds of the two "p" sounds in "pop-up."
- An example of phonology is the study of the movements the body goes through in order to create sounds - such as the pronounciation of the letter "t" in "bet," where the vocal chords stop vibrating causing the "t" sound to be a result of the placement of the tongue behind the teeth and the flow of air.
- the study of speech sounds, including phonetics and phonemics
- an overall description of the sounds of a given language
Origin: phono- plush -logy
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noun pl. pho·nol·o·gies
- The study of speech sounds in language or a language with reference to their distribution and patterning and to tacit rules governing pronunciation.
- The sound system of a language: the phonology of English.
- pho·no·logˈic , phoˌno·logˈi·cal adjective
- phoˌno·logˈi·cal·ly adverb
- pho·nolˈo·gist noun