Articulatory Phonetics (definition)

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The subfield of phonetics that studies the physiological components of sound production. When a person produces a sound, they employ their tongue, teeth, hard palate, soft palate, glottis, vocal cords, diaphragm, etc. Articulatory phonetics looks specifically at each of these articulators and how they are used to produce a specific sound.

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  • Crystal, D. (2008) Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics. 6th Edition. Wiley-Blackwell.