Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The branch of linguistics that deals with the sounds of speech and their production, combination, description, and representation by written symbols.
  • n. The system of sounds of a particular language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study of the physical sounds of human speech, concerned with the physical properties of speech sounds (phones), and the processes of their physiological production, auditory reception, and neurophysiological perception, and their representation by written symbols.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The doctrine or science of sounds; especially those of the human voice; phonology.
  • n. The art of representing vocal sounds by signs and written characters.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Phonetic science; that division of language-study which deals with articulate sounds and whatever concerns them: phonology.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the branch of acoustics concerned with speech processes including its production and perception and acoustic analysis

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  • "Hukt on fonix wurkt for me!"


    August 10, 2009

  • ... Words. I have to remember to speak words now. I say something. But you do not hear me unless I move my lips. To move my lips and my tongue ... while I make this noise in my throat.�?
    Mamelta in Gene Wolfe's The Book of the Long Sun

    August 10, 2009