Definition of phonologization in English:

phonologization

noun

  • A shift to phonemic status; the development of a phonetic feature to a point where it is a distinguishing feature in a phonemic contrast.

Origin

1930s. From phonology + -ization, after German Phonologisierung.

Pronunciation

phonologization

/fəˌnɒlədʒʌɪˈzeɪʃn/