Forthcoming: Phonetic sciences: A short introduction
The ability to acquire a language is unique to man: through amniotic fluid, the fetus is imbued with verbal sounds and the rhythm of the mother tongue, which it perceives and already distinguishes from other languages . Communication through speech is of interest to linguists, ENT doctors, speech therapists, language teachers, singers or psychoacousticians. Research in this area has evolved and today it is based on new technologies (brain imaging, computer tools, etc.). Phonetics now concerns all scientists whose area of interest is spoken communication, its nature and how it works. Jacqueline Vaissière briefly presents all the fields of this discipline, with a historical dimension and offers a summary of the research results. This version is an augmented version adapted to English-speaking readers of Que-Sais-Je? La phonétique, published in French, Arabic and Japanese.
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