noun Date: 1799 1. the science of speech sounds including especially the history and theory of sound changes in a language or in two or more related languages 2. the phonetics and phonemics of a language at a particular time • phonological also phonologic adjectivephonologically adverbphonologist noun

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  • phonology — ► NOUN ▪ the system of contrastive relationships among the fundamental speech sounds of a language. DERIVATIVES phonological adjective …   English terms dictionary

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