A speech sound considered as a physical event without regard to its place in the sound system of a language.
From Gk. phone "voice, sound," phonein "to speak;" cf. L. fama "talk, reputation, fame."
Ãva "voice, sound," related to âvâz "voice, sound, song" (both prefixed forms), bâng "voice, sound, clamour" (Mid.Pers. vâng), vâžé "word," variants vâj-, vâk-, vâ-, vâz-, vât-; Av. vacah- "word," vaocanghÃª "to decalre" (by means of speech), from vac- "to speak, say;" cf. Skt. vakti "speaks, says," vacas- "word;" Gk. epos "word;" L. vox "voice;" PIE base *wek- "to speak."
The smallest phonetic unit in a language that can distinguish one word from another.
From Fr. phonème, from Gk. phonema "speech sound, utterance," from phonein "to sound," → phone.
Vâj "voice," variant of vâž, vâz-, âvâz etc., → phone.
A branch of linguistics dealing with the analysis, description, and classification of speech sounds. More specifically, phonetics deals with the physical production of → phonemes regardless of language, while → phonology studies how those sounds are put together to create meaningful words in a particular language.