Popular Linguistics – I: Phonetics

The first Popular Linguistics Session on Saturday, the 28th of August, went off very well. It was conducted
by our very own expert, Antariksh Bothale, with several helpful additions by Harish Ramdas. About 15
people turned up for the session, which was held in the SAC library, and lasted from 6.15 to 8.15 p.m.

This session dealt with phonetics, starting from the very basics. The discussion covered how sounds
are produced (not in the larynx, FYI), the types of vowel and consonant sounds in English and Hindi in
some detail, as well as interesting and exotic sounds in other languages. All in all, a reasonably thorough
overview of phonetics and a lot of fun!

-Meghna Sreenivasan

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