• WordNet 3.6
    • adj phonetic of or relating to the scientific study of speech sounds "phonetic analysis"
    • adj phonetic of or relating to speech sounds "phonetic transcription"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name Coca-Cola in China was first rendered as 'Ke-kou-ke-la.' Unfortunately, the Company did not discover until after thousands of signs had been printed that the phrase means 'bite the wax tadpole' or 'female horse stuffed with wax' depending on the dialect. Coke then researched Chinese characters and found a close phonetic equivalent, 'ko-kou-ko-le,' which can be loosely translated as 'happiness in the mouth.'
    • Phonetic Of or pertaining to the voice, or its use.
    • Phonetic Representing sounds; as, phonetic characters; -- opposed to ideographic; as, a phonetic notation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • phonetic Relating or pertaining to the human voice as used in speech; concerning articulate sounds, their mode of production, relations, combinations, and changes: as, phonetic science; phonetic decay.
    • phonetic Representing articulate sounds or utterance: as, a phonetic mode of writing (in contradistinction to an ideographic or pictorial mode); a phonetic mode of spelling (in contradistinction to a traditional, historical, or so-called etymological mode, such as the current spelling of English, in which letters representing or supposed to represent former and obsolete utterance are retained or inserted according to chances of time, caprice, or imperfect knowledge).
    • phonetic In entomology, as used by Kirby, noting the collar or prothorax of a hymenopterous insect when it embraces the mesothorax and the posterior angles cover the mesothoracic or so-called vocal spiracles.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Phonetic fō-net′ik pertaining to, or in accordance with, the sound of the voice: representing elementary sounds: vocal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , fr. a sound, tone; akin to Gr. to speak: cf. F. phonétique,. See Ban a proclamation
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. phōnetikosphōnē, a sound.


In literature:

In the case of phonetic change, it is only to be expected that the sounds of a language will not remain eternally changeless.
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
German spelling has passed through several stages of reform in recent decades and is now almost perfectly phonetic.
"The Booklover and His Books" by Harry Lyman Koopman
Phonetic: sound producing; applied to stridulating structures.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
He was reading a phonetic pamphlet, and appeared to take his apprehension as a pleasant morning call.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
The most prominent advocates of phonetic spelling have been also the authors of a system of phonetic shorthand.
"Essays Towards a Theory of Knowledge" by Alexander Philip
I did not undertake to correct spelling, permitting her to spell phonetically, and to use a word she was in doubt of.
"Child and Country" by Will Levington Comfort
It may be, for aught I know, phonetic: and has been explained as representing an affected sneer.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
I seized pencil and paper, and noted down phonetically the different notes as they were uttered.
"A Bird-Lover in the West" by Olive Thorne Miller
Phonetic characters or signs were those expressive of sounds.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
Neither he nor, as far as he knows, any of his colleagues would contemplate abandoning phonetic script again.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
Indeed, he regarded the latter as a symbol, a "phonetic" one, to be treated by the same processes of analysis.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
Gives the phonetic pronunciation of foreign words.
"The Mechanism of the Human Voice" by Emil Behnke
Objections have been raised in some quarters to this account of the phonetic development of Chinese.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Language slips forth phonetically with fatigue.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach
Very certainly our posterity will never adopt any thoroughgoing system of phonetic spelling.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 5" by Various
Bindle attentively wrote down a phonetic version of the customer's requirements.
"Adventures of Bindle" by Herbert George Jenkins
To them men's natures are not written in phonetic signs or dark symbols, but in letters large and legible.
"One Of Them" by Charles James Lever
The Umbrian-Sabellian tribes had the same phonetic peculiarity as the Celts.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
From many experiments with the phonograph, I am prepared to say with certainty that some have much higher phonetic types than others.
"The Speech of Monkeys" by R. L. Garner
Really, I should think you were in danger of phonetic prostration.
"The Inventions of the Idiot" by John Kendrick Bangs

In news:

Yes, I know that ' brite ' is spelled 'bright', we spell it phonetically because it's on our show and we get to call it what we want.
If we were really stupid, we wouldn't know what phonetically meant.
The pair moved to St Louis and began playing as the Kerouacs a few years ago but chose a more phonetic spelling for their next Beat Generation band name.
OYE is back with a new project coming out on December 8th with Minneapolis' Phonetic ONE and Milwaukee's DJ *hitmayng entitled "RAGELIFE".
Google acquired speech synthesis startup Phonetic Arts.
Google Acquires Phonetic Arts for Speech Synthesis.
One option is to choose a few defining pronunciations of a character's speech and use those consistently instead of phonetically spelling all or most of the words.
Ambiorix De Leon and (right) Reimin Guduam complete English phonetic exercises.
Objective To learn how the International Phonetic Alphabet is used to communicate the sounds of words in different languages.
"Phonetically, it changes nothing," he said.
The first thing that'll endear you to Detroit-born, Brooklyn-based rapper Dulcinea Detwah is her name — a phonetic spelling of the original French pronunciation of her hometown.
The loss of an entire tooth in the anterior region is accompanied by impairment of esthetics, function, phonetics, and self-esteem.
Audience Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and professors working in alcohol research, phonetics, speech recognition, human factors, and psycholinguistics.
A term for an ex-GI cop that overused the military phonetic alphabet on the police radio.

In science:

Each training pair hwi , yVi i in C includes a syntactic word wi , wi ∈ W , along with a phonetic string yVi ∈ B Vi .
Learning string edit distance
Note that the symbols ? and ! are not part of either the ICSI phonetic alphabet or the Pronlex phonetic alphabet (long forms), and are only used in the ICSI corpus. 5The Levenshtein distance is the minimum number of insertions, deletions, and substitutions required to transform one string into another.
Learning string edit distance
In experiment E2, the pruned pronouncing lexicon provides stronger knowledge of the set of syntactic words that actually appear in the test corpus, as well as their most salient phonetic forms.
Learning string edit distance
In experiment E4, the pronouncing lexicon provides complete knowledge of the set of syntactic words paired with their actual phonetic forms in the test corpus.
Learning string edit distance
The poor performance of the Levenshtein distance in experiment E4 is due to the fact that the mapping from phonetic forms to syntactic words is many-to-many in the E4 lexicon.
Learning string edit distance
Each phonetic form in the test corpus appears in 10.027 entries in the E4 lexicon, on average.
Learning string edit distance
The most ambiguous phonetic form in the test corpus, “ah”, appears 528 times in the test corpus and exactly matches entries for the following 62 words in the E4 lexicon.
Learning string edit distance
The ten speakers also dictated 50 sentences in the ATR phonetic-balanced sentence set as reference data, which can potentially be used for speaker adaptation.
Building a Test Collection for Speech-Driven Web Retrieval
This may also be true for very simple features such as pronunciation where the lexicographer may want to associate precise rhythmic and prosodic information as opposed to a basic phonetic representation.
Stabilizing knowledge through standards - A perspective for the humanities
An instantiated (phonetic) feature is a feature-name plus an atomic feature value; an uninstantiated feature is merely the feature-name.
Parsing Using Linearly Ordered Phonological Rules
The main differences with respect to the experimental setup used in are: first, the data are divided into training, validation and test sets as described in , and second, a standard set of 39 phonetic categories, instead of 61, is used .
Phoneme recognition in TIMIT with BLSTM-CTC
Therefore, results are presented for 39 phonetic categories.
Phoneme recognition in TIMIT with BLSTM-CTC
The experiments use the same standard data sets and phonetic inventory employed by the systems reportedly having the best performance to date.
Phoneme recognition in TIMIT with BLSTM-CTC
Rosner, Phonetics Laboratory, University of Oxford.
Phonetic correlates of the new/given parameter.
Some Bibliographical References on Intonation and Intonational Meaning