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phonetics
Phonetism
phonetist
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phoney
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phonic
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phonically
phonily
phoniness
phono
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Phonocamptic
phonocardiogram
phonocardiograph
phonocardiographic
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phonogram
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Phonics definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PHON'ICS, n. [Gr. sound.] The doctrine or science of sounds; otherwise called acoustics.
1. The art of combining musical sounds.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: teaching reading by training beginners to associate letters with their sound values

Merriam Webster's

noun plural but singular in construction Date: circa 1684 1. the science of sound ; acoustics 2. a method of teaching beginners to read and pronounce words by learning the phonetic value of letters, letter groups, and especially syllables

Britannica Concise

Method of reading instruction that breaks language down into its simplest components. Children learn the sounds of individual letters first, then the sounds of letters in combination and in simple words. Simple reading exercises with a controlled vocabulary reinforce the process. Phonics-based instruction has declined in recent years in the face of competition from "whole-language" instruction, in which children are introduced to whole words at a time, are given real literature rather than reading exercises, and are encouraged to keep journals in which they were permitted to spell creatively. A strong backlash against whole-language teaching has made reading instruction a battlefield, and most teachers today favor a combination of the two techniques.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Phonics Phon"ics, n. See Phonetics.




 


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