Introduction to Phonetics

1. What is phonetics? The (scientific?) study of speech. But why do we want to study speech?

2. The Primacy of Speech: speech is the primary way in which linguistic information is communicated between people. There are only two ways of linguistic communication that are natural (biological, independent of culture?): speech and sign (among the congenitally deaf and in some hunter-gatherer societies). Of these, speech is more widespread.

3. Naturalness of speech

4. The scope of the subject. The subject of phonetics covers all aspects of speech production, transmission, and reception, including: