Halima (cartography) wrote in linguaphiles,

difference between phonetics and phonology?

Hello everybody!

I'm in my first term as an English major at university and I have to sit my linguistics midterm the day after tomorrow. I'm pretty sure I won't have any problems with most of the questions, but there's one thing I just can't wrap my head around, so I thought I'd ask here.

Can anybody please give me a short (i.e. no more than a few lines), clear explanation of the difference between phonetics and phonology?

The book we're working with is very vague, and so is our professor, the only clear distinction anyone has made so far is that phonetics work on the level of parole whereas phonology is concerned with the level of langue, but that doesn't really help me at all.

I'd appreciate anything you can tell me. Thank you!
Tags: phonetics, phonology
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