- Code LING2010
- 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 Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Communications, Human Centred Computing, Language Studies
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 obtain skills in a core area of linguistics and a solid background for study in 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 have the knowledge and skills to:
- describe speech sounds with correct reference to articulatory gestures and acoustic signal;
- produce and transcribe a wide range of speech sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet;
- use software to digitally record and analyse speech signals;
- characterise the speech sounds and sound system of a language through data analysis; and
- understand the relation between a detailed phonetic representation and a linguistic representation of the distinctive sounds of a language.
Indicative Assessment2 acoustic assignments (20 words each) (15% each, 30% total), (LOs 1,2)
Production test (20 words) (10%), (LO 2)
Transcription test (20 words) (10%), (LO 1,2)
Research paper (2,500 words) (50%) (LOs 3,4,5)
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorial; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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Prescribed TextsThe textbook will be specified on Wattle, and additional readings provided there.
Preliminary ReadingThe Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, Chapters 22-30
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