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Phonology is the study of the rule system that governs how particular speech sounds are used to produce meaningful words. It investigates the systematic organization of sounds in a particular language. It describes the basic units of speech in any language and examines how speech sounds change when they are combined.

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Phonetics is the study of speech sounds. It investigates the physical properties of speech sounds, how they are produced by the vocal tract, and how people perceive these sounds. The field is typically divided into three areas: acoustic phonetics, auditory phonetics, and articulatory phonetics. Speech therapists are particularly concerned with articulatory phonetics.

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Speech is the primary transmission system of language. It is divided into two subcategories: phonetics and phonology. Phonetics studies the physical properties of speech sounds and how they are produced and perceived. In contrast, phonology examines the rules which govern how sounds are organized and combined to create meaningful words.

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Aphasia is caused by localized brain damage, for example due to a stroke or an automobile accident. General intellectual functioning is not necessarily impaired, as the person can still perform non-linguistic tasks. Nor is the understanding and production of language necessarily completely abolished. Instead, there are highly specific patterns of impairment in the way language is processed.

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Humans possess a general language capacity that allows them to speak particular world languages. Language is highly complex but can be defined in terms of a number of key properties.

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