• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • 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.

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 detailed analysis of primary data and guided research.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Transcription test (around 20 words) (10) [LO 1,2]
  2. Production test (around 20 words) (10) [LO 1]
  3. Acoustics assignment (around 20 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. Phonology task (500 words) (15) [LO 2,4]
  5. Research paper (3500 words) (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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130 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LING1004 or LING2004 or LING2010. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

The textbook will be specified on Wattle, and additional readings provided there.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8584 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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