Monday, December 5, 2011

Random Linguistics Definitions Beginning with the Letter "K"

kinaesthesis The sensation of movements in one's own body. Hence a major element in practical phonetics, in sensinge.g. how a consonant is articulated.

kinesics The study of meaningful gestures and other body movements in communication. Originally of a treatment modelled on American linguistics in the 1950s, with e.g. kinemes as the smallest gestural units.

kymograph An early instrument, used in phonetics until the 1960s, which mechanically recorded e.g. muscular movements or changes of air pressure by traces on smoked paper.

Definitions from: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics, Second edition, 2007
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