- The study of the characteristics of human sounds, especially those used in speech. Although phonetics is probably the least interesting branch of linguistics to a philosopher, the discovery that individual significant sounds are not physically definable, but exist in context and in contrast with others, was a major impetus to structuralism in many areas. The phoneme is the minimal unit in the sound system of a language.
Philosophy dictionary. Academic. 2011.
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phonetics — (n.) scientific study of speech, 1841, from PHONETIC (Cf. phonetic); also see ICS (Cf. ics) … Etymology dictionary
phonetics — ► PLURAL NOUN (treated as sing. ) ▪ the study and classification of speech sounds … English terms dictionary
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phonetics — [[t]fəne̱tɪks[/t]] (The form phonetic is used as a modifier.) 1) N UNCOUNT In linguistics, phonetics is the study of speech sounds. 2) ADJ: usu ADJ n Phonetic means relating to the sound of a word or to the sounds that are used in languages.… … English dictionary
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