the branch of science dealing with the sounds of speech in terms of their frequency, duration, intensity, etc., especially as analyzed by means of instruments like the sound spectrograph and the oscillograph.Compare articulatory phonetics.
a composite branch of physics and linguistics that treats sound proper as it relates to speech.
the branch of phonetics dealing with the transmission of sounds to the ear and the reception of them by the ear prior to neurological processing.
Why Are A, E, I, O, U, And Y Called “Vowels”?In elementary school, we all learned the vowels of the English language: A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y. But, what makes a vowel a vowel?
What Makes Accents Appealing?What makes certain accents sexy and others harsh? “The RINE in SPINE fawls MINELY on tha PLINE!” In the song “The Rain in Spain” from the musical My Fair Lady, phonetics professor Henry Higgins (‘enry ‘iggins) pleads with Eliza Doolittle to say “Ay not I, O not Ow.” By the end of the song Eliza’s “AY-ing” and “O-ing” and pronouncing all her H’s. The guttersnipe is …
- acoustic meatus,
- acoustic mine,
- acoustic nerve,
- acoustic neuroma,
- acoustic ohm,
- acoustic radiation,
- acoustic reactance,
- acoustic resistance,
- acoustic shock,
- acoustic spectrography
Compare auditory phonetics.
Origin of acoustic phonetics
First recorded in 1930–35
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