- Code LING6010
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Linguistics
- Areas of interest Asian Languages, European Languages, Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Communications, Latin American Languages
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Gwendolyn Hyslop
- Mode of delivery Blended
Second Semester 2014
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Speech is the most important medium through which we convey our ideas, emotions and identity. To an untrained ear, languages can often sound very different from each other: Vietnamese from English, for example, or Arabic from Zulu. But the speech sounds of the world's languages do not vary without limit and are in fact built up according to fairly simple structural principles. Speech sounds are studied in the discipline of Phonetics. This course is both a theoretical and practical course in Phonetics. It teaches you about human speech sounds: how they are made by the human vocal tract; how they are transmitted acoustically; and how the speech acoustics are perceived. The course also has a strong practical focus: to show how one discovers the sounds of an unknown language from scratch. In order to do this, students learn how to produce and transcribe a large number of the speech sounds of the world's languages, including all the exotica of clicks, ejectives, implosives, tones and much more. You will also learn how to quantify some important speech acoustics with a computer. Finally, one very important applied aspect of phonetics is explained - Forensic Speaker Identification - together with the proper way of evaluating forensic evidence. A course website is used which includes unique materials designed by the lecturer to develop students' transcriptional and analytical skills. The lecturer is an acknowledged expert on the phonetics of Tone Languages, and also one of the world's leading forensic speech scientists.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Transcribe a wide range of speech sounds from the languages of the world using the International Phonetic Alphabet.
- Produce a wide range of speech sounds from the world's languages.
- Describe speech sounds with the correct professional terminology.
- Properly record, digitally acquire and edit speech from an informant.
- Work with a native speaker to discover the speech sounds and sound system of nearly any of the world's languages from scratch.
- Quantify vowels and tones acoustically with professional speech analysis software.
- Know the logically correct way of evaluating the strength of evidence in support of a hypotheses; and how to estimate the probability of a hypothesis, given the evidence adduced in its support.
- Undertake guided research on a topic in Phonetics or Applied Phonetics.
4 Transcription assignments (7.5% each), transcription test (20%), fieldwork transcription (12%), acoustic analysis (8%), major fieldwork project (30%).
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2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours of independent study per week over the semester (total 130 hours)
Requisite and Incompatibility
P. Ladefoged. A Course in Phonetics (Textbook & CD). Thomson. Latest Edition.
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, Chapters 22-30
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|6384||21 Jul 2014||08 Aug 2014||31 Aug 2014||30 Oct 2014||In Person||N/A|