What is phonology?

Phonology is the branch of linguistics that investigates the sounds of human speech and how these sound relate to meaning, to each other and to the world around us.

The study of phonology is primarily concerned with the mental representation of language, because that is what people use to produce and understand speech. The mental representation of language includes a set of rules for how individual sounds are grouped into meaningful units, called "phonemes."

In linguistics, phonology is the study of the sound system of a language. Phonology may also refer to the rules that govern how sounds are used in a given language.

Sound systems differ widely among languages, but often organize themselves around opposition between consonant and vowel, or sometimes vowel and syllable.

Good phonology is essential for a strong language practice. It’s important to choose a program that teaches the phonology of your target language properly, because incorrect pronunciation can make learning more difficult. 


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