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Phonetics PhonologyPhonology is the study of the sound patterns that occur within languages. Phonology is concerned with anatomy and physiology – the organs of speech and how we learn to use them. The root of phonology ‘phone’ originates from the greek word phoneme which means sound. Phonology is also connected to socio-linguistics and this makes us think of how accent, intonation, rhythm and pronunciation affect social attitudes. Man is unique among primates in that he has the necessary apparatus to produce the sounds of speech, and yet most humans learn to speak without ever knowing much about these organs or how they work. Described briefly, we use our lungs to breathe out air, produce vibrations in the larynx and then use our tongue, teeth and lips to modify the sounds that are produced. As we produce these sounds we can shape them into vowels by allowing air to escape from the mouth and nose unblocked; and consonants, by covering more of the vocal tract with the tongue and trapping air in the mouth which when released in various ways and at varying speeds produces friction and the different consonant sounds. english is an intonation language which means that