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Overview of Phonetics, Homophones and their Importance in Effective Communication
How a word should sound depends on our tongue movements, vocal cords, lip movements and even our breath.
For example to pronounce the alphabet B both our upper and lower lip must touch each other, to pronounce the alphabet G, our tongue touches our upper palate. For the correct sound of O both our lips should make a complete circle.
Phonetics has three divisions:
Phonetics plays a very important role in improving our communication. All the alphabets and the words must sound correctly; else the content as well as our communication will lack lustre and sound unimpressive.
In the same way homophones also play an important role in communication.
Homophones are the words which have different meanings but are pronounced in exactly the same way.
Knew and new are Homophones, where knew is the past tense of know and new is the opposite of old.
I knew you will fair well in your interview
I would prefer to wear my new dress for tomorrows party
Different meanings but exactly the same sound.
Peace and Piece are again examples of Homophones. The sound is exactly the same but there is a huge difference in their meanings. It is essential to understand Homophones for an effective written communication.
I want a bread peace
My head is aching terribly and there is no piece here
The wrong words have changed the meaning of the sentence completely and they fail to make any sense, however during verbal communication, the words hardly make any difference.
Their is a bird sitting on the branch
Peter and David are not serious with there careers
Again a wrong usage of words. Although there and their have exactly similar pronunciations, but there meanings are completely the different. If an individual doesnt understand the correct usage of the words, the written communication will be completely screwed up.
There are some homophones which have different meanings but have similar spellings. Such words are called Homonyms or Homographs
Homophones which are spelled differently are called as heterographs. In the above example, peace and piece are heterographs. Bash and Bash are homonyms as their spellings are exactly the same but one bash refers to a good beating and the other means a Party. Rose also means a flower and also is the opposite of rise-another example of homonyms.
Phonetics and homophones are the basics of communication. Unless and until one is clear with phonetics and homophones, his written as well as verbal communication is bound to get hampered. It is important to understand properly what phonetics and homophones are for an effective and impressive verbal as well as non verbal communication.