- Class Number 5114
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Rosey Billington
- Dr Rosey Billington
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
- Dr Rosey Billington
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:
- 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.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- written comments
- verbal comments
- feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to phonetics and phonology|
|2||Airstream mechanisms and phonation|
|3||Consonant place and manner|
|4||Vowels and vowel-like articulations||Transcription test|
|5||Syllables and prosody|
|6||Acoustic phonetics||Production test|
|7||Phonemic analysis and phonological processes|
|8||Distinctive features and natural classes||Acoustics assignment|
|9||Recording data for phonetic and phonological analyses|
|10||Morphology-phonology interface||Phonology task|
|12||Constraint-based phonology; Course summary||(Research report due in Exam Period)|
Please register for tutorials on Wattle.
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Transcription test||10 %||1,2|
|Production test||10 %||1|
|Acoustics assignment||15 %||1,2,3|
|Phonology task||15 %||2,4|
|Research paper||50 %||1,2,3,4,5|
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Details of task: You will hear approximately twenty words being produced. You will transcribe them using the International Phonetic Alphabet.
Criteria for assessment: You will be graded on the accuracy of your transcription.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1
Details of task: You will be presented with approximately twenty words written in the International Phonetic Alphabet. You will read the words aloud.
Criteria for assessment: You will be graded on the accuracy of your articulation of the words. Your production will be recorded, so that the performance can be reviewed.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
Details of task: You will be given an audio-recorded language sample. You will perform acoustic measurements on the sample using the open-source software Praat.
Criteria for assessment: You will be graded on the accuracy of your acoustic measurements.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 2,4
Details of task: You will be given samples of transcribed language data. You will be expected to analyse specific phonological patterns in the data (responses equivalent to approximately 500 words).
Criteria for assessment: You will be graded on your ability to identify, describe and represent phonological patterns.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Details of task: Your research paper involves three main steps:
1. Recording someone speaking a language you don’t know;
2. Transcribing the person’s speech;
3. Analysing your transcribed data, describing the sound system of the language, and comparing it to what you expected.
(See assignment sheet for more information.)
Length: 2500 words (you will be penalised if you don’t fall within 10% of the word count)
Criteria for assessment: You will be graded on your ability to effectively record speech sounds and accurately transcribe them and perform acoustic measurements, and your ability to develop an analysis and description of the sound system of a language.
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Rosey’s main research interest is the intersection of experimental phonetics and language documentation, and she is particularly interested in languages of the Pacific, Africa, and Australia.
Dr Rosey Billington
Dr Rosey Billington