- 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 Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, Communications, Human Centred Computing, Language Studies
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 receive comprehensive 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 develop skills in computer aided phonetic analysis using open source software, and methods of data collection for phonetic and phonological research. You will gain extensive experience in applying principles of phonological analysis to describe and represent distinctions and distributional patterns in the sound systems of different languages, and undertake in-depth 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- produce and perceive a wide range of speech sounds, and transcribe them using the International Phonetic Alphabet;
- describe speech sounds with correct reference to articulatory gestures and the acoustic signal;
- use software to undertake acoustic analyses of audio-recorded speech data;
- apply principles of phonological analysis to identify distinctive sounds and their alternations; and
- characterise the speech sounds and sound system of a language through detailed analysis of primary data and guided research.
- Transcription test (around 20 words) (10) [LO 1,2]
- Production test (around 20 words) (10) [LO 1]
- Acoustics assignment (around 20 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3]
- Phonology task (500 words) (15) [LO 2,4]
- Research paper (3500 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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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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