• Class Number 5105
  • Term Code 3260
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Rosey Billington
    • Dr Rosey Billington
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/07/2022
  • Class End Date 28/10/2022
  • Census Date 31/08/2022
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/08/2022
    • Dr Rosey Billington
SELT Survey Results

The spoken languages of the world show fascinating diversity in the types of speech sounds that are used and the ways these are organised to encode meaning. We investigate the range of sounds used in the world's languages and how these are produced by the human vocal tract, transmitted acoustically, and perceived by listeners (Phonetics), and the ways speech sounds are systematically organised within and across languages (Phonology). You will gain practical training in how to articulate and perceive different speech sounds and transcribe them using the International Phonetic alphabet, and learn about relevant aspects of anatomy, physics and cognition. You will also be introduced to computer aided phonetic analysis using open source software, and methods of data collection for phonetic and phonological research. You will gain experience in applying principles of phonological analysis to describe and represent distinctions and distributional patterns in the sound systems of different languages, and undertake detailed research on a specific language. This course will provide you with skills in two core subdisciplines of linguistics and a foundation for studies in fields such as forensic linguistics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, linguistic typology, language acquisition, and speech pathology.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. produce and perceive a wide range of speech sounds, and transcribe them using the International Phonetic Alphabet;
  2. describe speech sounds with correct reference to articulatory gestures and the acoustic signal;
  3. use software to undertake acoustic analyses of audio-recorded speech data;
  4. apply principles of phonological analysis to identify distinctive sounds and their alternations; and
  5. characterise the speech sounds and sound system of a language through analysis of primary data.

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 and articulation assessment
9 Phonological rules and features
10 Morphology-phonology interface
11 Non-linear phonology Phonology assessment
12 Data collection for phonetic and phonological research; Course summary (Analytical report due beginning of Exam Period)

Tutorial Registration

Tutorial registration will be via MyTimetable. See Wattle for more details.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Transcription test 10 % 1,2
Production test 10 % 1
Acoustics and articulation assessment 15 % 1,2,3
Phonology assessment 15 % 2,4
Analytical report 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, and you will transcribe them using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

Criteria for assessment: You will be graded on the accuracy of your transcription.

Value: 10%

Due: Week 4

(See assignment sheet for more information.)

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, and you will pronounce 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.

Value: 10%

Due: Week 6

(See assignment sheet for more information.)

Assessment Task 3

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Acoustics and articulation assessment

Details of task: You will be given an audio-recorded language sample, and you will perform acoustic measurements on the sample using the open-source software Praat. You will also answer a series of short-response questions on acoustics and articulation.

Criteria for assessment: You will be graded on the accuracy of your acoustic measurements and responses to the questions.

Value: 15%

Due: Week 8

(See assignment sheet for more information.)

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,4

Phonology assessment

Details of task: You will be given samples of transcribed language data, and you will be expected to describe and 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.

Value: 15%

Due: Week 11

(See assignment sheet for more information.)

Assessment Task 5

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

Analytical report

Details of task: For your analytical report, you will be provided with a large set of audio-recorded spoken language data, and you will be required to transcribe the data using the International Phonetic Alphabet and to then systematically describe the sound system of the language with supporting evidence from your transcribed examples as well as acoustic measurements.

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 accurately transcribe speech sounds and perform acoustic measurements, and your ability to develop a systematic analysis and description of the sound system of a language.

Value: 50%

Due: Beginning of examination period

(See assignment sheet for more information.)

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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