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The search for the symbolic value of phonemes, each taken as a whole, runs the risk of giving rise to ambiguous and trivial interpretations because…
Semantics, or the study of meaning, remained undeveloped, while phonetics made rapid progress and even came to occupy the central place in the scientific study…
Acoustic phonetics, which is developing and increasing in richness very rapidly, already enables us to solve many of the mysteries of sound, mysteries which motor…
At first acoustics attributed to the different sounds only a limited number of characteristic features.
It is once again the vexing problem of identity within variety; without a solution to this disturbing problem there can be no system, no classification.
For example, the opposition between acute and grave phonemes has the capacity to suggest an image of bright and dark, of pointed and rounded, of…
Instead of following one another the sounds overlap; a sound which is acoustically perceived as coming after another one can be articulated simultaneously with the…
Linguistic sounds, considered as external, physical phenomena have two aspects, the motor and the acoustic.
Of course, we have known for a long time that a word, like any verbal sign, is a unity of two components.
Every linguistic sign is located on two axes: the axis of simultaneity and that of succession.
Remember that the pharynx is at a crossroads from which leads off, at the top, the passage to the mouth cavity and the passage to…
When I speak it is in order to be heard.
Speech sounds cannot be understood, delimited, classified and explained except in the light of the tasks which they perform in language.
From a strictly articulatory point of view there is no succession of sounds.
The task is to investigate speech sounds in relation to the meanings with which they are invested, i.e., sounds viewed as signifiers, and above all…
A new era in the physiological investigation of linguistic sounds was opened up by X-ray photography.
In poetic language, in which the sign as such takes on an autonomous value, this sound symbolism becomes an actual factor and creates a sort…
Now the identification of individual sounds by phonetic observation is an artificial way of proceeding.
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