pho·​ne·​ti·​cian | \ ˌfō-nə-ˈti-shən also ˌfä- How to pronounce phonetician (audio) \

Definition of phonetician

: a specialist in phonetics

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Recent Examples on the Web Chelsea Sanker, a phonetician at Brown University, looked at the spectrogram above to help me figure out what was going on. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, "A Linguist Explains Why 'Laurel' Sounds Like 'Yanny'," 15 May 2018 Lerner and Loewe’s musical comedy confection returns to Broadway with the loverly Lauren Ambrose as the spirited flower seller Eliza Doolittle and Harry Hadden-Paton as her eccentric phonetician, Henry Higgins. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "10 Plays and Musicals to Go to in NYC This Weekend," 12 Apr. 2018 The linguistics professor, a gentle phonetician, specialized in Turkic tribal dialects. Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, "Constructed Worlds," 23 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of phonetician

1877, in the meaning defined above

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“Phonetician.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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