Cognitive Phonetics is the scientific study of how people think about speech.
That may seem a bit paradoxical. If phonetics is a science, shouldn’t it focus on what speech is really like, not on what people think about it?
Well certainly phonetics needs to observe what speech is really like – but doing so turns out to raise a lot of questions about how people think about speech – as we discuss in our Intro.
If that sounds a bit weird but a bit intriguing, and if you have gone through introductory topics like What does it mean to think about speech? — you might be just about ready to check out RTS101: Unlearning especially Observing speech and Thinking about speech.