Phonetics is all about speech. Not just human speech, but all the speech everywhere around you. When you look at clouds or stars in the sky, trees or rivers around you, words and ideas may come to mind— speech from the world we live in.
Patterns of all kinds spring up all around Protoplanet—protos can pay attention—listen—to them...and respond. This listening and responding is very powerful. Phonetics is about understanding how all sorts of speech works—and protos can work speech into anything they do.
Protos can design, develop, study and use phonetics to build and use languages and other ways to communicate—in lots of different situations and projects.