I was on Twitter earlier this morning checking out someone who recently followed me. My first response was “why did this person follow me? I tweet so infrequently and have nothing of value that I contribute”. That got me thinking about this blog and my general recent usage of social media, and how there used to be a time several years ago where I tried to both partake of and contribute to the stream of consciousness that is social media. Yet for the past 1-2 years or so, that hasn’t been the case.
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.