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

  • n. An expert in phonetics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One versed in phonetics; a phonetist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is versed in or is a student of phonetics.

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

  • n. a specialist in phonetics


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  • All of this I must say with the caveat that I am a syntactician and not a phonetician; these are impressions not based in observation but introspection, and there is no quicker way to discover a false truth than introspection.

    “Ms.”-ing the point « Motivated Grammar

  • On a personal note, I have to thank Eva for chairing the committee which appointed me to my post in Trondheim in 1973, when I was a young phonetician part way through my research into the rhythmic structure of Spanish.

    Eva Sivertsen | Linguism | Language Blog

  • He was a trained phonetician so he took very good notes.

    Helping the Hearing Impaired

  • Being a pretty good amateur phonetician, I base the phonetics of my language on that of a real language.

    Antiquarian Weird Tales: L Sprague de Camp (1950)

  • As a phonetician rahter than a stylistics expert, I thought he was particularly good at the prosodic stuff as well, which you mention in passing.

    On Obama's victory style

  • Apparently, Mark Liberman, PhD, the phonetician at the University of Pennsylvania who runs the Language Log, had the same questions about the study that I had.

    Find Your Focus Zone

  • Our resident phonetician often gets called on by the police for forensic consulting work.

    Styleygeek assists with a crime!

  • I freely confess that maybe the authors were thinking about text -- but in the first place I'm a phonetician, and in the second place most human languages have not had a written form.

    Boing Boing: December 28, 2003 - January 3, 2004 Archives

  • But I don't think a famous phonetician like Ladefoged, who did personally visit the Pirahã, would be deceived very easily, nor would Gordon. PIRAHA UPDATE.

  • At the end of the century, one such machine—a pneumomechanical device for the production of artificial speech sounds—was built by Wilhelm von Kempelen, an Austrian phonetician, who hoped that it might be used to help cure “some of those persons who have a defective pronunciation.”

    Knotted Tongues


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