Pronunciation: (fu-net'iks, fō-), [key]
—n. (used with a sing. v.)
1. the science or study of speech sounds and their production, transmission, and reception, and their analysis, classification, and transcription. Cf. acoustic phonetics, articulatory phonetics, auditory phonetics, physiological phonetics.
2. the phonetic system or the body of phonetic facts of a particular language.
3. the symbols used to represent the speech sounds of a language.
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