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Seminar Sound and Sound Structure


Admission requirements

The examination and, if indicated, the teaching of the following units of study can only be taken if the examinations of the preceding units of study have been passed of the courses: Phonology 1
Phonology 2
Experimental Phonetics
Analysis and Synthesis of Speech


This course's central theme is the relationship between the physical realization of speech sounds and their cognitive representations (i.e., the phonetics/phonology interface). We will critically read and discuss articles/book chapters and work jointly on designed experiments or corpus data to address open research questions in the assigned literature. The specific research topic we will cover is speech variation and its relation to speech planning and production. Our main empirical base will be on laryngeal contrasts and supra-segmental prosodic contrasts. A related theme for all possible topics is potential individual variation. As a final assignment, students will carry out a collaborative group project, and each will write a report of their own on the experimental findings.

Course objectives

After taking this class, students should be able to

  • Understand the concepts and fundamental questions concerning sound and sound structure.

  • Critically evaluate original research articles (their goals, methods, findings, and interpretations) in the area of experimental linguistics.

  • Give an oral presentation on a scientific paper to a group of peers and evaluate peer presentations.

  • Summarize and synthesize the readings to write up a literature review and identify open research questions

  • Carry out a collaborative project to address a question of scientific interest.

  • Write up the experimental results as a research project report.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

Seminar in English which includes lectures, student presentations, and hands-on projects

Assessment method

  1. Discussion and presentations of the reading materials and the project’s work-in-progress: 40%
  2. Final assignment (end-term final paper): 60%

A subset of the tests can be arranged for resit.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

See the reading list distributed in class


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