2005-02-02

Introducing: Fatal Phonetics

Not a Google Whack or phonetics as described by a non-phonetician, but a Canadian hip hop group. I am not sure if they will ever make it, but the name does not seem to help. But it is quite funny the idea to name your band with some linguistic inspiration. What about "sympathetic syntax", "phreakin phonology", etc.

This also caught my attention to another fact. Phonetics is a more known term to the general media than let's say pragmatics, discourse analysis, phonology. But inside linguistics, it is not a very popular field (Yale is one of exception, of course). Probably because of the old English tradition of phonetics related to language instruction, but curious anyway.

Fatal Phonetics

9 Comments:

Blogger W1ll13 30% Hacker said...

Maybe if I started a band I would call it "Phunky Phone-a-tiks" ['fon-uh-tIks]. The only thing is that any band I started would probably play country music, so this wouldn't work out that well. Maybe we could play a hiphop song or two just to go with the name.

9:07 PM  
Blogger argotnaut said...

Do you think, though, that the general media has a handle on what phonetics actually is?

I noticed there weren't many linguists interested in phonetics, but thought maybe it was just because the ling dept at my school is so very TESOL-oriented.

On the plus side, it means I automatically have a niche.

5:33 PM  
Blogger LO said...

Not beyond a very superficial level, for sure. But my impression is that it gets more cited than the others (but I have no real data to prove it so far).

My experience is that Phonetics is scary for many students. Very few get hooked. Generative Syntax, on the other hand, has a lot of appeal. Just don't ask me why.

12:20 AM  
Blogger W1ll13 30% Hacker said...

I think too, practically speaking, for non-linguists this or that syntactic or phonological theory really isn't that useful. Phonetics on the other hand is often a lot more tangible and more descriptively adequate for language questions of real people. This might correlate with LO's hypothesis of more phonetics citations in non-linguistic media.

An example of non-linguist use of phonetics can be read about here: http://expling.blogspot.com/2004/12/phonetic-trills-in-pop-music.html

12:07 PM  
Blogger Logical Ethix said...

Wow, I was actually a member of the rap group Fatal Phonetics, Based out of Toronto Canada. It's interesting to see this being the topic of discussion. I too Would agree that the name is quite odd and i guess it doesn't help that my name is Logical Ethix. If anyone is interested in hearing some of my music you can find it @ http://purevolume.com/logicalethix

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1:50 PM  
Blogger Logical Ethix said...

Wow, I was actually a member of the rap group Fatal Phonetics, Based out of Toronto Canada. It's interesting to see this being the topic of discussion. I too Would agree that the name is quite odd and i guess it doesn't help that my name is Logical Ethix. If anyone is interested in hearing some of my music you can find it @ http://purevolume.com/logicalethix

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