- 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
Speech is the most important medium through which we convey our ideas, emotions and identity. We investigate the range of sounds used in the world's languages (Phonetics), and the ways they are used (Phonology). The sounds and their use are built up according to structural principles of physics, anatomy, and cognition, and thus we find some similarities, and some fascinating differences, across languages. You will learn how speech sounds are made by the human vocal tract, how they are transmitted acoustically, and how they are perceived. You will systematically describe, recognise and produce the sounds of a language, including learning to manipulate your vocal anatomy and output. You will learn the International Phonetic Alphabet, which linguists use to transcribe a wide range of speech sounds, and understand the principles behind distinguishing contextual variation from linguistically meaningful units. Computer aided phonetic analysis with open source software is introduced and basic quantificational and statistical methods explained. You will draw on these techniques in guided field or archival research. You will obtain skills in a core area of linguistics and a solid background for the study of forensic linguistics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, linguistic typology, and more.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe speech sounds with correct reference to
articulatory gestures and acoustic signal;
- Transcribe a wide range of speech sounds using the
International Phonetic Alphabet, facilitating the ability to engage with any
language or language variety;
- Produce a wide range of speech sounds;
- Use software to digitally record and analyse speech
- Work with a native speaker or archived data to
reveal and characterise the speech sounds and sound system.
- Quantify vowels and tones acoustically with speech analysis software;
- Understand the relation between a detailed phonetic
representation and a linguistic representation of the distinctive sounds of a
- Undertake guided research on a topic in Phonetics or Phonology.
3 transcription assignments (around 20 words each) (10% each, 30% total), (LO 1, 2)
Production test (around 20 words) (20%), (LO 3)
Transcription test (around 20 words) (20%), (LO 1, 2, 7)
Research project (3,500 words) (30%). (LO 4,5,6,7,8)
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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
The textbook will be specified on Wattle, and additional readings provided there.
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|
|7233||18 Jul 2016||29 Jul 2016||31 Aug 2016||28 Oct 2016||In Person||N/A|