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phonetics definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the branch of acoustics concerned with speech processes including its production and perception and acoustic analysis

Merriam Webster's

noun plural but singular in construction Date: 1836 1. the system of speech sounds of a language or group of languages 2. a. the study and systematic classification of the sounds made in spoken utterance b. the practical application of this science to language study

Britannica Concise

Study of speech sounds. It deals with their articulation (articulatory phonetics), their acoustic properties (acoustic phonetics), and how they combine to make syllables, words, and sentences (linguistic phonetics). The first phoneticians were Indian scholars (c.300 BC) who tried to preserve the pronunciation of Sanskrit holy texts. The classical Greeks are credited as the first to base a writing system on a phonetic alphabet. Modern phonetics began with Alexander Melville Bell (1819-1905), whose Visible Speech (1867) introduced a system of precise notation for writing down speech sounds. In the 20th cent., linguists have focused on developing a classification system that can permit comparison of all human speech sounds. Another concern of modern phonetics is the mental processes of speech perception.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n.pl. (usu. treated as sing.) 1 vocal sounds and their classification. 2 the study of these. Derivatives: phonetician n.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Phonetics Pho*net"ics, n. 1. The doctrine or science of sounds; especially those of the human voice; phonology. 2. The art of representing vocal sounds by signs and written characters.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Note: The form 'phonetic' is used as a modifier. 1. In linguistics, phonetics is the study of speech sounds. 2. Phonetic means relating to the sound of a word or to the sounds that are used in languages. ...the Japanese phonetic system, with its relatively few, simple sounds... ADJ: usu ADJ n phonetically It's wonderful to watch her now going through things phonetically learning how to spell things. ADV: ADV with v

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. Phonics, phonology.

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