Definition of phonology in English:



  • 1The system of relationships among the speech sounds that constitute the fundamental components of a language.

    • ‘His remarks on French, focus on syntax and semantics, all but omitting phonology, phonetics and orthography.’
    • ‘Pidgins and Creoles do not have a single phonology and phonology remains the least stable system in otherwise stabilized pidgins.’
    • ‘While these languages shared phonology and grammar, they had entirely different vocabularies.’
    • ‘Differences in phonology can usually be associated with the geographic location of the speaker.’
    • ‘While this research demonstrates that phonological previews aid in the processing of the target word, evidence from individual difference studies suggests that phonology is not used in the same manner by all readers.’
    1. 1.1 The branch of linguistics that deals with systems of sounds (including or excluding phonetics), especially in a particular language.
      • ‘To analyse language and to define language disorders most linguists divide language into four domains: phonology, grammar, semantics, and pragmatics.’
      • ‘Roman Jakobson's good friend, that arch-structuralist aristocrat Nikolai Sergeevich Trubetzkoy, famously said that phonetics is to phonology as numismatics is to economics.’
      • ‘Panini was a Sanskrit grammarian who gave a comprehensive and scientific theory of phonetics, phonology, and morphology.’
      • ‘Dan is now a distinguished specialist on Amazonian languages and professor of phonetics and phonology at the fine Department of Linguistics at the University of Manchester in England.’
      • ‘Semantics is not even in second place; what comes next in respect to time devoted to it in linguistic curricula is phonology (the study of speech sounds).’