Articulatory Phonetics (definition)

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Articulatory phonetics is a 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 the organs of the vocal tract and how they are used to produce specific sounds. The traditional descriptions of consonants (i.e. voicing, place, manner) call on the same knowledge of articulators that this subfield of phonetics builds.

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