of or relating to phonology, the study of the distribution and patterning of speech sounds in languages generally:The course covers phonological processes such as vowel harmony, voicing, syllabication, and the placement of stress.
of or relating to the inventory of sounds, and the patterns governing them, in a specific language:I’m not used to this sound and don’t know how to pronounce it, as it doesn’t exist in my native English phonological system.
- Rarely pho·no·log·ic [fohn-l-oj-ik, fon-] /ˌfoʊn lˈɒdʒ ɪk, ˌfɒn-/ .
- pho·no·log·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use phonological in a sentence
Collado's handling of the nasal sounds is too inconsistent to be a reliable source for phonological data.
Rodriguez' transcription better reflects the phonological facts; naraye, vomoye, and cuye.
Collado's transcription is unable accurately to express the proper phonological, or morphological, form of shin'i 'indignation.'
Of his contributions to reviews on phonological topics, perhaps the most important is his discussion of "Brugmann's Law."