noun plural but singular in construction Date: 1836 1. the system of speech sounds of a language or group of languages 2. a. the study and systematic classification of the sounds made in spoken utterance b. the practical application of this science to language study

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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 — 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… …   Philosophy dictionary

  • 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

  • phonetics — См. fonètica …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

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