Welcome back to the next lesson in my Linguistics Lessons series. Last week, in lesson 2, we started looking at phonetics and what phonetics means. We talked about phoneticians and what they do, as well as the 3 areas of phonetics – articulatory, auditory, and acoustic. This week we’ll look at the first area: articulatory phonetics.
In Part 2 of the first lesson we finished looking at the 6 main areas of linguistics proper. We saw how linguistics itself could be broken down into 3 branches – sound, structure, and meaning. We also saw how each branch covers 2 of the 6 main areas of linguistics. In this lesson we will look at the first branch, and specifically at the first area: phonetics.
I want to apologize to anyone following along with the linguistics lessons. I wasn’t able to start a new lesson until a few hours ago. I’ve been giving myself 2 days to write the lesson, starting on Tuesday and posting on Wednesday (or very early Thursday morning). This week I didn’t start until Wednesday evening. So I will finish the post later today, on Thursday. And in future I will start the posts on Monday so that way I can stick to a weekly post every Wednesday.