• Class Number 6172
  • 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
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. describe speech sounds with correct reference to articulatory gestures and acoustic signal;
  2. produce and trans cribe a wide range of speech sounds using the International Phonetic Alphabet;
  3. use software to digitally record and analyse speech signals;
  4. characterise the speech sounds and sound system of a language through data analysis;
  5. understand the relation between a detailed phonetic representation and a linguistic representation of the distinctive sounds of a language; and
  6. undertake guided research on a topic in Phonetics or Phonology.

Staff Feedback

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

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

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
11 Non-linear phonology
12 Constraint-based phonology; Course summary (Research report due in Exam Period)

Tutorial Registration

Please register for tutorials on Wattle.

Assessment Summary

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

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Transcription test

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

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1

Production test

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

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Acoustics assignment

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

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,4

Phonology task

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

Value: 50 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Research paper

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: 3500 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.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 5 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Rosey Billington

Research Interests

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.

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