Definition of phonocentrism in US English:

phonocentrism

noun

Linguistics
  • The tendency to value speech above writing in linguistic analysis; especially the view (arising from the work of Ferdinand de Saussure) that the spoken language is the immediate realization of meaning.

Origin

1970s. From phono- + -centrism, after French phonocentrisme.

Pronunciation

phonocentrism

/ˌfəʊnəʊˈsɛntrɪz(ə)m/