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generative grammar/linguistics/phonology
▪ In generative phonology, the claim is that, at the abstract level, vowels are simply tense or lax.
▪ Instead they believe that it is Sampson's generative grammar formulation that is at fault.
▪ The rewrite rule is an effective method of representing the rules of a generative grammar.
▪ There are applications for which a generative grammar would be better suited than a probabilistic one.
▪ But if the lexicon is not complete, then neither is the syntax, semantics or phonology likely to be.
▪ Have some spare copies of your phonology or grammar write-ups to give to anyone interested.
▪ In distinctive feature analysis the features themselves thus become important components of the phonology.
▪ Many different theoretical approaches have been developed, and no area of phonology has been free from critical examination.
▪ She went and she took um, phonology, some uh voice work?
▪ The above examples all relate to phonology, but there are examples of mis-adaptation from the grammar as well.
▪ The following is essentially a list of categorized items to ask for, so that you can get quickly into segmental phonology.
▪ This would mean that the patient is heavily reliant on assembled phonology.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Phonology \Pho*nol"o*gy\, n. [Phono- + -logy.] The science or doctrine of the elementary sounds uttered by the human voice in speech, including the various distinctions, modifications, and combinations of tones; phonetics. Also, a treatise on sounds.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1799, from phono- + -logy.


n. 1 (context linguistics uncountable English) The study of the way sounds function in languages, including phonemes, syllable structure, stress, accent, intonation, and which sounds are distinctive units within a language. 2 (context linguistics countable English) The way sounds function within a given language.


n. the study of the sound system of a given language and the analysis and classification of its phonemes [syn: phonemics]


Phonology is a branch of linguistics concerned with the systematic organization of sounds in languages. It has traditionally focused largely on the study of the systems of phonemes in particular languages (and therefore used to be also called phonemics, or phonematics), but it may also cover any linguistic analysis either at a level beneath the word (including syllable, onset and rime, articulatory gestures, articulatory features, mora, etc.) or at all levels of language where sound is considered to be structured for conveying linguistic meaning. Phonology also includes the study of equivalent organizational systems in sign languages.

Phonology (journal)

Phonology is a British peer-reviewed journal of phonology published by Cambridge University Press, the only journal devoted exclusively to this subfield of linguistics. The current editors are Prof. Colin J. Ewen ( Leiden University) and Prof. Ellen Kaisse ( University of Washington). The volumes from 1997 on are available electronically with subscription via the site of the publisher.

Now published three times a year, in its first three years (1984–1987) it appeared once a year under the name Phonology Yearbook.

Usage examples of "phonology".

Quenya phonology: When a word ends in a vowel and the next word begins in one, the former vowel may drop out.

For instance, the allative "to Elendil" cannot be **Elendilnna, for Quenya phonology does not permit the group "lnn".

If this is so, we have every reason to assume that the same case endings were suffixed to dual forms in -u as well, for instance like this (using Aldu "Two Trees" as our standard example): Aldu + -o for genitive = Alduo Aldu + -n for dative = Aldun Aldu + -nna for allative = Aldunna Aldu + -llo for ablative = Aldullo Aldu + -ssë for locative = Aldussë Aldu + -nen for instrumental = Aldunen These forms would undergo no further changes, since they are all acceptable Quenya as far as phonology goes.

But even the snatches that there are required, if they were to have a meaning, two organized phonologies and grammars and a large number of words.

The beautiful phonologies, thrown away or mouldering in drawers, arduous if pleasant in construction, the source of what little I know in the matter of phonetic construction based on my own individual predilections, will not interest you.