Phonology definition

fə-nŏlə-jē, fō-
The study of speech sounds in language or a language with reference to their distribution and patterning and to tacit rules governing pronunciation.
noun
97
16
The sound system of a language.

The phonology of English.

noun
98
24
The study of speech sounds, including phonetics and phonemics.
noun
53
12
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.

noun
30
7
An overall description of the sounds of a given language.
noun
23
6
Advertisement
(linguistics, uncountable) The study of the way sounds function in languages, including phonemes, syllable structure, stress, accent, intonation, and which sounds are distinctive units within a language.
noun
8
1
(linguistics, countable) The way sounds function within a given language.
noun
6
1

Origin of phonology

  • From phono- +"Ž -logy.

    From Wiktionary