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PHONOLOGY

 Dictionary entry overview: What does phonology mean? 

PHONOLOGY (noun)
  The noun PHONOLOGY has 1 sense:

1. the study of the sound system of a given language and the analysis and classification of its phonemes

  Familiarity information: PHONOLOGY used as a noun is very rare.


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PHONOLOGY (noun)


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Meaning:

The study of the sound system of a given language and the analysis and classification of its phonemes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

phonemics; phonology

Hypernyms ("phonology" is a kind of...):

descriptive linguistics (a description (at a given point in time) of a language with respect to its phonology and morphology and syntax and semantics without value judgments)

Domain category:

linguistics (the scientific study of language)

Domain member category:

syncopation; syncope ((phonology) the loss of sounds in the interior of a word (as in 'fo'c'sle' for 'forecastle'))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "phonology"):

orthoepy (a term formerly used for the part of phonology that dealt with the 'correct' pronunciation of words and its relation to 'correct' orthography)


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