noun. the department of language regarding the categorization and study of the phonemes within a language. While phonetics attempts to classify all possible sounds evident in human linguistics, identifies which of the phonetic distinctions are thought to be meaningful by a chosen language.

PHONEMICS: "She's a very skilled professional, having studied phonemics for three years."
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