Phonetics (definition)

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Phonetics is the study of speech sounds. It is usually separated into three subfields of study:

  • articulatory phonetics, which studies what is involved with making the mouth create the sounds of language.
  • acoustic phonetics, which studies the physical properties of the stream of air of speech sounds.
  • auditory phonetics, which studies the way in which the human ear processes speech sounds.

See Also

External Links


  • Ladefoged, D. (2010) A Course in Phonetics. 6th Edition. Wadsworth Publishing.