Articulatory Phonetics

Articulatory Phonetics


The branch of phonetics which studies the way in which speech sounds are made (“articulated”) by the vocal organs. It derives much of its descriptive terminology from the fields of anatomy and physiology, and is sometimes referred to as physiological phonetics. This area has traditionally held central place in the training of phoneticians, the movements involved being reasonably accessible to observation and, in principle, under the control of the investigator. The classification of sounds used in the international phonetic alphabet, for example, is based on articulatory variables.