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What is phonetics?

Phonetics is the study of actual sounds of
human languages, their production and their perception.

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What is phonology?

Phonology on the other hand is the study of sound systems.

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The difference between phonetics and phonology

There are countless different sounds we can make,
but only some count as sounds of a language, say English. Moreover, as far as
English is concerned, many perceptibly distinct sounds are not considered ‘different’. The letter /p/, for example, can be pronounced in many different ways, with
more emphasis, with more loudness, with different voice onset time, and so on.
From a phonetic point of view, these are all different sounds; from a phonological
point of view there is only one (English) sound, or phoneme: [p].