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    Phonology, phonetics, and prosody

    Hi!
    How does prosody complement phonology? And why would phonology need phonetics to study a language?

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    Re: Phonology, phonetics, and prosody

    I have no idea. Why don't you tell us what you think?

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    Re: Phonology, phonetics, and prosody

    I'm sorry, did I ask it in the wrong section or something?

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    Re: Phonology, phonetics, and prosody

    Quote Originally Posted by malekm View Post
    I'm sorry, did I ask it in the wrong section or something?
    No. It could possibly have gone under the "linguistics" subforum.
    But I think you're being invited to tell us what you know already, to avoid a teacher having to write a detailed essay for you about things you already know.
    Is this for an assignment you need to do?

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    Re: Phonology, phonetics, and prosody

    Quote Originally Posted by malekm View Post
    I'm sorry, did I ask it in the wrong section or something?
    No Problem. I've moved it to the more appropriate forum suggested by Raymott.

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    Re: Phonology, phonetics, and prosody

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No. It could possibly have gone under the "linguistics" subforum.
    But I think you're being invited to tell us what you know already, to avoid a teacher having to write a detailed essay for you about things you already know.
    Is this for an assignment you need to do?
    It's not an assignment. I just couldn't figure out the relationship between the both. All I could get is that prosody is much wider than phonology and studying a phoneme requires us to know its different meanings, which is why we need prosody.
    And we can't study a phoneme if we don't know the different set of sounds.

    That's all I get. I'd be grateful if anyone could help me with a better explanation :)

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    Re: Phonology, phonetics, and prosody

    Very crudely:

    Phonetics is the study of the neurological bases of speech, the actions and movements of the vocal organs when we speak, the acoustics of the sound waves carrying speech and how speech is received by the ears and interpreted by the brain, I have underlined the part that is of most interest to language teachers.

    Phonology is concerned with the sounds made in a particular language. The wallchart of symbols that some English teachers display in their rooms is usually a table of the English phonemes.

    Prosody (or suprasegmental phonology) deall with such things as rhythm, stress, pitch and intonation.
    Last edited by BobK; 21-Jan-2012 at 21:23. Reason: Fixed typo 'neourological' - BK

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    Re: Phonology, phonetics, and prosody

    And in order to process that information, you should probably work out what you mean by your questions: for example 'And why would phonology need phonetics to study a language?': who's studying and who's needing?

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