Why rethink speech?

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Phonetic science has made many important discoveries about the nature of speech and how it works.

The thing is, hardly anyone knows about them. Which is interesting — it’s not like scientists have been trying to keep them secret!

So here’s an important but often overlooked question:

Why do so few know the findings of phonetic science?

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How to rethink speech

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Rethink speech aims to help you rethink our society’s harmful false beliefs about speech by fast-tracking you to advanced findings of phonetic science.

That’s quite a challenge — for all concerned!

How are we going to achieve it?

Well, not by telling you lots of new facts about speech: that’s the slow lane.

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Who needs to rethink speech?

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What makes us sad at Rethink Speech is when the people who most need to rethink speech walk away from it, thinking it is a course for phonetics students – which is not right at all.

Rethink Speech is designed for some very specific kinds of people

Read on to see what kind – you might be surprised to discover you are one of them!

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Will you like Rethink Speech?

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Rethink Speech aims to help you replace our society’s harmful false beliefs about speech with reliable knowledge.

Sounds like a noble calling – but is it something *I* want to spend my time on?

Maybe this page will help you decide if Rethink Speech is a good fit for you.

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How Rethink Speech works

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Rethink Speech offers a range of (free) modules designed to help you rethink some of our society’s false beliefs about the nature of speech and how it works.

Fair enough – but what are modules??

Rethink Speech modules are structured sequences of 6-10 topics, mostly intriguing multimedia demonstrations that typically take about 15 minutes each to work through.

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What does it mean to ‘rethink’ something?


Rethink Speech aims to help our society to rethink its ‘common knowledge’ about speech.

But what exactly does that mean?

‘Rethinking’ is quite a popular concept these day, and you undoubtedly have a good understanding of it. But let’s run through a few key ideas about rethinking in general that are worth keeping in focus, before looking at what is involved in rethinking speech.

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