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Michael Hammond

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What is phonology? Phonology is the study of the sound systems of language. The words and sentences of a language are composed from a finite set of sounds, specific to the language in question. In addition, those sounds cannot be combined in any way, but are subject to languageparticular restrictions. For example, English has the sound [θ], as in think [θıŋk], but French does not. On the other hand, French allows word initial sequences like [pn] as in pneu [pnø] ‘tire’, but English does not.

1Department of Linguistics, University of Arizona

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