Topics


The acoustic properties of various components of speech (vowel and consonant, stress and prominence, tone and intonation, and voice quality), speech perception and production, sociophonetics, second language speech learning, forensic phonetics 

 

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Objectives


On successful completion of the course, students should be able to
1) understand key terms issues in the study of speech acoustics;
2) critically evaluate original research papers on experimental phonetics;
3) conduct a small-scale research in experimental phonetics

 

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Organisation


A two-hour lecture and a one-hour practical class per week 

 

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Assessment


  • Weekly practical exercises (20%)
  • Mid-term quiz (30%)
  • Small-scale research paper (50%) 

 

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Texts


Recommended readings:

Di Paolo, M., Yaeger-Dror, M., & Wassink, A. (Eds). (2010). Sociophonetics: a student’s guide. London: Routledge.

Johnson, K. (2011). Acoustic and auditory phonetics. 3rd Edition. Wiley-Blackwell.

Additional readings will be recommended throughout the course.

 

Textbooks recommended for students who had no prior linguistic or sociolinguistic background:

  • Cruttenden, A. (2014). Gimson's pronunciation of English. 8th Edition. Routledge.
  • Roach, P. (2009). English phonetics and phonology: a practical course. 4th Edition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 

 

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Last updated: 8 July 2019