It technically falls under “phonetics”, but there’s overlap. Can an etymologist postulate upon vowel shifts, even if they’re not “phoneticists?” Absolutely. They’re both studies in descriptive linguistics: “Anthropological Comparative Historical Etymology Graphetics Phonetics Sociolinguistics Cherology”

It technically falls under “phonetics”, but there’s overlap. Can an etymologist postulate upon vowel shifts, even if they’re not “phoneticists?” Absolutely. They’re both studies in descriptive linguistics:

“Anthropological Comparative Historical Etymology Graphetics Phonetics Sociolinguistics Cherology”

After all, who can best study historical phonetics? An etymologist with some mouth/throat mechanics study under the belt.

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