phonology

1(noun) The study of speech sounds in language.

2(noun) The formal rules for structuring speech sounds.

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  • Plural: phonologies
  • Phonology focuses on the distribution and patterns of speech sounds  or phonemes in addition to the rules of pronunciation that govern speech sounds.
  • Also called phonemics.
  • A linguist or specialized (noun) phonologist studies phonology to understand (adjective) phonologic or (adjective) phonological aspects of language.

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