- the science or study of speech sounds and their production, transmission, and reception, and their analysis, classification, and transcription.Compare acoustic phonetics, articulatory phonetics, auditory phonetics, physiological phonetics.
- the phonetic system or the body of phonetic facts of a particular language.
- the symbols used to represent the speech sounds of a language.
Origin of phonetics
- Also pho·net·i·cal. of or relating to speech sounds, their production, or their transcription in written symbols.
- corresponding to pronunciation: phonetic transcription.
- agreeing with pronunciation: phonetic spelling.
- concerning or involving the discrimination of nondistinctive elements of a language. In English, certain phonological features, as length and aspiration, are phonetic but not phonemic.
- (in Chinese writing) a written element that represents a sound and is used in combination with a radical to form a character.
Origin of phonetic
Examples from the Web for phonetics
It was a small step in learning to stick to my guns, but a leap in my comprehension of phonetics.‘Sesame Street’ Is Middle-Aged and Awesome
November 10, 2014
Almost all French speakers have to do a serious amount of self-study to become conversant, especially when it comes to phonetics.Why Can’t France Learn English?
March 9, 2013
In its phonetics, it possesses six elements which to the Spaniards were new.The Maya Chronicles
Sussex men are curiously intolerant of the phonetics of orthography.Highways & Byways in Sussex
(a) Phonetics, which teaches us to recognize and to reproduce sounds and tones.
How can we combine a study of phonetics with a study of orthography?
Jones is lecturer in phonetics at University College, London.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
- (functioning as singular) the science concerned with the study of speech processes, including the production, perception, and analysis of speech sounds from both an acoustic and a physiological point of view. This science, though capable of being applied to language studies, technically excludes linguistic considerationsCompare phonology
- of or relating to phonetics
- denoting any perceptible distinction between one speech sound and another, irrespective of whether the sounds are phonemes or allophonesCompare phonemic (def. 2)
- conforming to pronunciationphonetic spelling
Word Origin and History for phonetics
"representing vocal sounds," 1803, from Modern Latin phoneticus (1797), from Greek phonetikos "vocal," from phonetos "to be spoken, utterable," verbal adjective of phonein "to speak clearly, utter," from phone "sound, voice" (see fame (n.)).
- The branch of linguistics that deals with the sounds of speech and their production, combination, description, and representation by written symbols.
- Of or relating to phonetics.
- Representing the sounds of speech with a set of distinct symbols, each designating a single sound.