the symbols used to represent the speech sounds of a language.
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How to use phonetics in a sentence
It was a small step in learning to stick to my guns, but a leap in my comprehension of phonetics.
Almost all French speakers have to do a serious amount of self-study to become conversant, especially when it comes to phonetics.
My endeavour has been to put things very simply, and to make the beginner in phonetics hear for himself.The Sounds of Spoken English | Walter Rippmann
Modern writers in their zeal for phonetics seem to have lost their sense of proportion.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind | Herbert George Wells
Their influence reaches far beyond the proper sphere of phonetics and invades that of morphology, as we shall see.Language | Edward Sapir
British Dictionary definitions for phonetics
(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 considerations: Compare phonology
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