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The subject matter of phonetics and its connection with other sciences




Phonetics is connected with linguistic and non-linguistic sciences. The connection of phonetics with grammar, lexicology and stylistics is exercised through orthography [ ] or (via[ ]) which in its term is very closely connected with phonetics.

Phonetics formulates the rules of pronunciation for separate sounds and sound combinations. The rules of reading are based on the relation of sounds to orthography and present certain difficulties in learning, the English language especially or the initial stage of studying.

Thus, vowel sounds, for instance, are pronounced not only as we name the letters corresponding to them.

The letter: -a- as [ei], -e- as [i:], -i- as [ai], -y- as [ai], -u-u as [ju:], -o- as [ou].

But we can pronounce the letter a- as [a:] e.g. car, [æ] e.g. cat, as [eə] e.g. care.

The letter e- as [i:] e.g. Pete, as [e] e.g. pen, etc.

Through the system of rules of reading phonetics is connected with grammar and helps to pronounce correctly: singular and plural forms of nouns, the past tense forms and past participles of English regular verbs. E.g. [d] is pronounced after voiced consonants, e.g. to bag bagged.

[t] is pronounced after voiceless consonants: to wish- wished.

[id] is pronounced after [t] and [d] : to want wanted, to decide decided.

Some adjectives have a form with ed- (irregular adjectives): e.g.


naked, [id]


It is only if we know that [s] is pronounced after voiceless consonants, e.g. books, [z] after voiced e.g. bags, and [iz] sibilants e.g. boxes, dresses.

One of the most important phonetic phenomena is sound interchange. It is another manifestation of the connection of phonetics with grammar , e.g. this connection may be observed in the category of number. Thus the interchange of [f] [v], e.g. wife wives; [s]-[z] house-houses, helps to differentiate singular and plural forms of such nouns as calf-calves, leaf-leaves, house houses, etc.

Vowel interchange helps to distinguish the singular and the plural of such words as bases [is] but basis [iz], crisis crises, analysis analyses and also: man-men, foot-feet, goose-geese, mouse-mice. Vowel interchange is connected with tense forms of irregular verbs, e.g. sing-sang-sung; write-wrote-written.

Vowel interchange can also help to distinguish between words:

1. nouns and verbs: bath-bathes

2. adjectives and nouns: hot hit

3. verbs and adjectives: moderate moderate

4. nouns and nouns: shade shadow

5. nouns and adjective: type-typical

Vowel interchange can also be observed on onomatopoetic:

cheap-chop, flap-flop, hip-hop.

Consonants can interchange in different parts of speech, e.g., in nouns and verbs:

1. extent extend

2. mouth-mouth

3. relief-relieve

(2) Phonetics is also connected with grammar through its intonation component, sometimes intonation alone can serve to single out the logical predicate of the sentence, e.g.

1. He came home (not Mary or John)

2. He came home (so you can see him)

3. He came home (hes at home and you said he was going to the club)

In a formative sentence the rising nuclear tone may serve to show that it is a question, e.g.

1. He came home

2. He came home (question)

Posation may also perform a differentiatory function; phonetics is also connected with lexicology.

a) Due to the presence of stress or accents in the right place we can distinguish certain nouns from verbs (formed by convertion), e.g. abstract to abstract, object- to object.

b) Homographs (words that are similar in orthography but different in meaning), e.g. lead [i:]-lead [led], row [ou]-row[au] (), etc.

c) Due to the position of words accent we can distinguish between homonymous words word groups, e.g.

redbreast , red breast

bluebell , blue belle

redbook- (the book where there are description of rare animals) red book colour, etc.

(3) Phonetics is also connected with stylistics:

a) through intonation and its components, e.g. speech melody utterance stress, rhythm, position, and voice tember, which serve to express emotions to distinguish between different attitude on the pan of the author and speaker very often the writer helps the reader to interpritate his ideas through special words and remarks: a pause, a short pause, angrily, gently.

b) Onomatopoeia is a combination of sounds which imitate sound produced in nature. It helps to show the connection phonetics and stylistics, e.g. tinckle, gingle, clinck, clatter, chater.

The study of phonetics phenomena from the stylistics point of view is phonostylistic. It is connected with linguistic and non-linguistic disciplines: paralinguistic, psychology, dialectology, etc.

Alliteration is a repetition of identical or similar sounds that helps together with due words to important a melodic effect of the utterance.



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