general ability to attend to the sounds of language as distinct from its meaning (National Research Council, 1998). Cp. phonemic awareness.
The ability to manipulate sounds and recognize that language is made up of individual words, that words are made up of syllables, and that syllables are made up of phonemes.
The ability to recognize and distinguish sounds of speech in language. For example, the ability to identify similar sounds in words, create rhyming words, and count syllables are all signs of phonological awareness.