We all speak.
But what is speech?
And how does it work?
Rethink Speech fast-tracks you to fascinating findings
with profound implications
OK – I can see how that might be fascinating, but what makes it profound?
It’s all explained in Why rethink speech? but here’s a little overview to give you an impression.
Speech is all around us, all the time.
It’s so familiar, we feel we know exactly what is like.
And yet research in phonetics (the science of speech) has shown that speech is nothing like what most people think it is like. Not convinced? Scroll down for some funny and surprising demonstrations that offer a quick taster.
It turns out that much of what our society accepts as common knowledge about speech is wrong. Not just a little bit wrong about the odd technical detail, but deeply and significantly wrong about its nature, and how it works.
Sounds a bit confronting!
Well yes, it is challenging – but in a good way. A profound way, in fact!
Once you start to learn about the nature of speech and how it works, you realise the ‘secrets’ uncovered by phonetic science are actually hidden in plain view. They’re right there for any of us to experience and think about. We just let ourselves get so distracted by the false facts of common knowledge that we rarely notice the reality under our noses. And when we do, we don’t quite know how to think about it.
Now do you want to know the most delightful thing of all?
Behind the false beliefs of common knowledge, are deeper truths waiting for our discovery. And those deeper truths relate not just to the nature of speech, but to the nature of us, our minds and the world we live in. And affect our understanding of everything we think about and talk about.
OK I’m intrigued. What do I do?
It’s all there via the top menu. But if you’d like a taster, just scroll down. Then for more detail on what Rethink Speech is all about – the green menu above is your friend:
- look through Why rethink speech,
- experience the experiences in Experiencing speech,
- learn about what Phonetics is (and isn’t) in Phonetics,
- learn how the site works under Info – and then when you feel ready
- check out our Unlearning modules.
And keep in touch as you do it all!
Rethink Speech Taster
Why the law needs phonetic science
Phonetics is a lot more interesting than you probably expect. And its findings have relevance in a lot more important domains than you might expect.
One of the areas Rethink Speech specialises in is Forensic Phonetics. The video gives a taste.
But wait, there’s more!
Rethink Speech is as much about thinking as about speech. Investigating speech gives a fresh new perspective on how the mind works, with implications for how we understand our world and ourselves, and for how we live our lives.