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phonetician n : a specialist in phonetics

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  1. A person who specializes in the study of speech sounds and their representation by written symbols.
  2. A dialectologist; a person who studies regional differences in speech sounds.

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Phonetics (from the Greek φωνή (phonê) "sound" or "voice") is the study of the physical sounds of human speech. It is concerned with the physical properties of speech sounds (phones), and the processes of their physiological production, auditory reception, and neurophysiological perception.
Phonetics was studied as early as 2,500 years ago in ancient India, with account of the place and manner of articulation of consonants in his 5th century BC treatise on Sanskrit. The major Indic alphabets today order their consonants according to classification.

Types of phonetics

Phonetics has three main branches:

Phonetics and phonology

In contrast to phonetics, phonology is the study of language-specific systems and patterns of sound and gesture. While phonology is grounded in phonetics, it is a distinct area of linguistics, dealing with abstract but psychologically-real sound and gesture units (phonemes) and their variants (allophones), the distinctive properties (features) which form the basis of meaningful contrast between these units, and their classification into natural classes based on shared behavior and phonological processes. Phonetics deals with the physical properties of sounds themselves, not how they are meaningful. There are over a hundred phones recognized as basic by the International Phonetic Association (IPA) and transcribed by simple letters in their International Phonetic Alphabet.
Although "meaningful contrast" between phonemes forms the basis of other discussions of meaning, the subject of semantics does not enter into this level of linguistic analysis.


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phonetician in Aragonese: Fonetica
phonetician in Asturian: Fonética
phonetician in Bengali: ধ্বনিবিজ্ঞান
phonetician in Belarusian: Фанетыка
phonetician in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Фанэтыка
phonetician in Bosnian: Fonetika
phonetician in Breton: Fonetik
phonetician in Bulgarian: Фонетика
phonetician in Catalan: Fonètica
phonetician in Chuvash: Фонетика
phonetician in Czech: Fonetika
phonetician in Welsh: Seineg
phonetician in Danish: Fonetik
phonetician in German: Phonetik
phonetician in Estonian: Foneetika
phonetician in Modern Greek (1453-): Φωνητική
phonetician in Spanish: Fonética
phonetician in Esperanto: Fonetiko
phonetician in Basque: Fonetika
phonetician in Persian: آواشناسی
phonetician in French: Phonétique
phonetician in Manx: Fockreeaght
phonetician in Galician: Fonética
phonetician in Korean: 음성학
phonetician in Croatian: Fonetika
phonetician in Ido: Fonetiko
phonetician in Indonesian: Fonetik
phonetician in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Phonetica
phonetician in Icelandic: Hljóðfræði
phonetician in Italian: Fonetica
phonetician in Hebrew: פונטיקה
phonetician in Swahili (macrolanguage): Fonetiki
phonetician in Latvian: Fonētika
phonetician in Luxembourgish: Phonetik
phonetician in Lojban: voksnaske
phonetician in Hungarian: Fonetika
phonetician in Dutch: Fonetiek
phonetician in Japanese: 音声学
phonetician in Norwegian: Fonetikk
phonetician in Norwegian Nynorsk: Fonetikk
phonetician in Novial: Fonetike
phonetician in Polish: Fonetyka
phonetician in Portuguese: Fonética
phonetician in Romanian: Fonetică
phonetician in Russian: Фонетика
phonetician in Albanian: Fonetika
phonetician in Simple English: Phonetics
phonetician in Slovak: Fonetika
phonetician in Slovenian: Fonetika
phonetician in Serbian: Фонетика
phonetician in Serbo-Croatian: Fonetika
phonetician in Finnish: Fonetiikka
phonetician in Swedish: Fonetik
phonetician in Tamil: ஒலிப்பியல்
phonetician in Thai: สัทศาสตร์
phonetician in Turkish: Sesbilim
phonetician in Ukrainian: Фонетика
phonetician in Yiddish: פאנעטיק
phonetician in Chinese: 语音学

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