4. What are linguistics and phonetics all about?


     Make sure you can answer these questions íV they may turn up in a quiz!

     In addition to Chapter 1 of Ladefoged, you can get some help from a site of the University College London. UCL offers an abundance of online phonetics resources, many of which we will draw on in this course. Go to this site for a concise introduction to the various fields of linguistics and how phonetics fits into the big picture, along with lots of useful links:

http://www.speechandhearing.net/entrance/introduction.php#Linguistics

     For comparison, here is another take on what linguistics (including phonetics) is all about, along with some useful links, by Elizabeth Pyatt:

http://www.personal.psu.edu/staff/e/j/ejp10/lingland/faqling.html

     Links to lots more linguistics resources here.

     After you get through these pages, you can take a short break, then move on to other pages in this section, starting with:


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