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- n. Plural form of phoneticist.
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There's quite a story here, because the phoneticists of India were very competent and Buddhism gave the Koreans, Japanese, Tibetans, and Mongols pretty good phonetic writing systems, but the Chinese rejected "the arbitrariness of the sign".
The eventual outgrowth of much work by phoneticists, semanticists and linguists on both sides was a language that hopefully combined the better aspects of both.
"We have phoneticists who can split syllables and splice them together.