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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ It is also possible that the semantic and phonetic clues are in fact operated on not sequentially but simultaneously.
▪ E.g.: A specific phoneme may have several different variants depending on the phonetic environment in which it occurs.
▪ The first twenty words used in production and their contexts of use will be identified by phonetic transcription.
▪ Nasalised vowels are found in the words given in phonetic transcription below.
▪ Any word could follow any other word, just so long as it matched the phonetic input description.
▪ Check with your language helper next session, for you may have missed some phonetic detail which could be important.
▪ From his illustrations of the primitives it is apparent that Marshman is dealing with a classification based on categories of phonetic elements.
▪ Here, of course, there is no phonetic crutch to rely on.
▪ Hymes intends that these contextual features should be regarded rather as general phonetic features are regarded.
▪ On the phonetic level it can only suggest an approximate pronunciation of the character to which it is attached....
▪ The phonetic information is manually input using a special keyboard having 21 keys.
▪ While denying their utility, the sinologist at least recognized the existence of phonetic elements.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Phonetic \Pho*net"ic\, a. [Gr. ?, fr. ? a sound, tone; akin to Gr. ? to speak: cf. F. phon['e]tique. See Ban a proclamation.]

  1. Of or pertaining to the voice, or its use.

  2. Representing sounds; as, phonetic characters; -- opposed to ideographic; as, a phonetic notation.

    Phonetic spelling, spelling in phonetic characters, each representing one sound only; -- contrasted with Romanic spelling, or that by the use of the Roman alphabet.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"representing vocal sounds," 1803, from Modern Latin phoneticus (1797), from Greek phonetikos "vocal," from phonetos "to be spoken, utterable," verbal adjective of phonein "to speak clearly, utter," from phone "sound, voice" (see fame (n.)).


a. 1 Relating to the sounds of spoken language. 2 (context linguistics English) Relating to phones (as opposed to phonemes) n. (context linguistics English) In such logogram writing systems as the Chinese writing system, the portion of a character (if any) that provides an indication of its pronunciation; ''contrasted with'' radical.

  1. adj. of or relating to speech sounds; "phonetic transcription" [syn: phonic]

  2. of or relating to the scientific study of speech sounds; "phonetic analysis"

Phonetic (disambiguation)

Phonetic may refer to:

  • Phonetics, branch of linguistics that comprises the study of the sounds of human speech

Usage examples of "phonetic".

Professor Webb had taken a careful phonetic copy from an aged angekok or wizard-priest, expressing the sounds in Roman letters as best he knew how.

While this does not completely rule out an artificially constructed secret language, as has been observed in various cultures among classes wanting to maintain independence from a ruling class, the consistency in the phonetic differences between the cognates thus discovered seems to indicate a natural linguistic development.

It is the story, told in great detail and in a style intensely saturated with phonetic and rhythmical expressiveness, of a government clerk who goes mad, obsessed by the idea that a fellow clerk has usurped his identity.

It had virtually no irregular verbs and very few homonyms, and a completely consistent phonetic spelling.

Though Christopher means Christ-Bearer, yet Cristobal is the phonetic equivalent of Crystal Ball and it has unchristly connotations.

He had not examined the Agro code book closely enough to gain even a crude understanding of the phonetic language.

There is here also an additional evidence of phoneticism in the fact that, while one of the symbols used to denote this bird shows simply its head, and is surely not phonetic, the other is entirely different and bears no resemblance whatever to any feature or characteristic of the bird.

Inside the box were the rollers that gave the toy its phonetic Rola name: wide rollers carrying a long flat continuous belt inset with many rows of sidewise-facing cogwheel teeth.

I presume it's probably facilitate that the tennis coach mistook for accentuate, though accelerate, while clunkier than facilitate, is from a phonetic perspective more sensible, as a mistake.

Perhaps the most important single step in the whole history of writing was the Sumerians' introduction of phonetic representation, initially by writing an abstract noun (which could not be readily drawn as a picture) by means of the sign for a depictable noun that had the same phonetic pronunciation.

Perhaps the most important single step in the whole history of writing was the Sumerians’ introduction of phonetic representation, initially by writing an abstract noun (which could not be readily drawn as a picture) by means of the sign for a depictable noun that had the same phonetic pronunciation.

Ignoring the digraphs hw and hy, the letter h may be pronounced A) a "breath-h" like English h as in high, B) more or less as in English huge, human or ideally like ch in German ich, C) like ch in German ach or Scottish loch (in phonetic writing [x]).

It's that as we make our way across the historical landscape toward the sensed presence of this transcendental other, so it is making its way toward us through the content of dreams, psychedelic experiences, the careers of spiritually advanced people, -- the idea being that history, which is a state of extreme instability and disequilibrium which only lasts 15 or 20 thousand years, that history is about to be transformed or ended, that the factors that shaped history -- phonetic alphabets, male dominance, materialism, scientific method, empiricism -- these factors are about to be made obsolete by discoveries in the human and natural realm.

Once Sumerians had hit upon this phonetic principle, they began to use it for much more than just writing abstract nouns.

To be sure, the phonetic alphabet was much less in number than the words in Basic English.