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Oh, please. No one can devalue phonetics. Forget about Siri. Knowledge of phonetics is important in many areas. Phonetics gives us a foundation on how speech sounds are produced, how we visualize them and analyze features, and how they lead to perception. However, we must know what we know and we don't. Our knowledge of phonetics is mostly limited to exemplary cases--analyses of enunciated pronunciation and its reception under good listening conditions. Everyone hears and understands real speech which is far from those textbook examples. But no one is able to explain how we do it. Maybe Siri can.