Phonetics (from the Greek φωνή (phōnḗ), “sound” or “voice”) is the study of speech sounds. The science of phonetics aims to describe all the sounds of all the world’s languages. There are three types of the study of the sounds of language:
- Acoustic Phonetics is the study of the physical properties of the sounds of language.
- Auditory Phonetics is the study of the way listeners perceive the sounds of language.
- Articulatory Phonetics is the study of how the vocal tracts produce the sounds of language.
- International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)