Experimental Phonetics

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Phonetics, Experimental


instrumental phonetics, the aggregate of methods used in the analysis of a language’s sound system employing various kinds of apparatus and other auxiliary means.

The frequency, duration, and intensity of a fundamental tone are determined by an oscillograph. A spectrometer and spectrograph are used for the spectral analysis of sounds and their formant structure. The position of the tongue is determined with a photopalatogram and through dynamic palatography. Changes in the frequency and intensity of the fundamental tone are automatically analyzed by an intonograph.


Bondarko, L.V. Ostsillograficheskii analiz rechi. Leningrad, 1965.
Lindner, G. Einfuhrung in die experimentelle Phonetik. Berlin, 1969.


The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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