Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

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1. Definition

Every language has a system for mapping meaning to sound. The phonology of a language defines the set of sounds that signal meaning in a language (its phonemes), as well as the principles for combining these sounds into syllables, morphemes, words, and phrases. Two sounds are said to be separate phonemes of a language, or in contrast, when the substitution of one sound for the other can signal a change in m…

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Ellen Broselow, “Phonology”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0258>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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