The phone. An attempt to define ‘głoska’ for the purposes of research on the non-native pronunciation of Polish
The aim of the article is to propose a phonetically-driven definition of the so called ‘głoska’ phenomenon in Polish linguistics. The kind of definition that would made studies on segmental foreign pronunciation more effective. The term ‘głoska’ can be considered a Polish counterpart of such terms as ‘phone’ or ‘speech sound’ but its most popular definitions often show some significant differences when compared with one another. There can be 6 main descripancies found among the most popular definitions of the term. Many of the definitions are somehow phonologically-driven and reflect mainly on the fact that ‘głoska’ is an articulated phoneme which is an oversimplification. The definition of ‘głoska’ in this paper is based on Tworek’s method for subdividing ‘głoska’ into a quadruple phonetic (articulated) phenomenon which consists of primary, secondary, individual, contextual features. This approach to ‘głoska’ as a basic and most important part of segmental speech continuum may be very productive in phonetic research, especially on non-native pronunciation.