The Missing Meditatio: Leonhard Euler's (1707-1783) Contribution to Articulatory Phonetics
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In this paper we will present one man, Leonhard Euler (1707–1783), who made two fascinating contributions to the field of articulatory phonetics. First, it was Euler, a mathematician and physicist, who convinced the St. Petersburg Academy to make the nature of the vowels their prize question. Second, Euler himself wrote a short work, his Meditatio de formatione vocum, which, as an article on articula-tory phonetics, strikingly presages 20th-century work in vowel classification.
Hirschey, O. & Klyve, D. (2015). The missing meditatio: Leonhard Euler's (1707-1783) contribution to articulatory phonetics. Historiographia Linguistica, 42(1), 54-73. DOI: 10.1075/hl.42.1.04hir
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