ISCA Archive HSCR 2019
ISCA Archive HSCR 2019

Methodological aspects of early experimental phonetics

Rainer Jäckel

The epistemological and methodological implicatures of experimental-phonetic research at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries and in the following decades form a hitherto underdeveloped topic. The relevance of this focus stems from the innovative nature of experimental phonetics, which first had to assert its right to exist as an independent science in relation to adjacent fields, above all linguistics and psychology of language. Their claim to the field of speech science, which had been occupied for centuries by linguists, was explicitly defined by the early experimental phoneticians through their methods, of which a higher degree of objectivity and reproducibility of the results was expected. The experimental and data-based approaches formed the most important unique selling point of experimental phonetics compared to the treatment of the same subject in the work of linguists and speech psychologists. We want to show as well that the emergence of experimental phonetics is also due to a reorientation within linguistics in the last three decades of the 19th century.


doi: 10.21437/HSCR.2019-10

Cite as: Jäckel, R. (2019) Methodological aspects of early experimental phonetics. Proc. Third International Workshop on the History of Speech Communication Research (HSCR 2019), 105-112, doi: 10.21437/HSCR.2019-10

@inproceedings{jackel19_hscr,
  author={Rainer Jäckel},
  title={{Methodological aspects of early experimental phonetics}},
  year=2019,
  booktitle={Proc. Third International Workshop on the History of Speech Communication Research (HSCR 2019)},
  pages={105--112},
  doi={10.21437/HSCR.2019-10}
}