In this course, we will take an experimental approach to the study of speech. We will learn the basic processes/mechanisms of speech production and perception, couched within the general understanding of the structure and dynamics of the human speech organs and the hearing system. The core of the course addresses acoustical properties of speech segments as well as the phonetics of suprasegmental prosody (i.e. lexical tones, stress patterns, rhythm, phrasing, and sentence melody). Another important component of the course will be on practical skills, such as the articulation and perception of speech sounds, transcription, and most importantly, instrumental analyses of speech. During the practice sessions, students will be applying what they have learned to analyzing and describing the sound system of an unfamiliar language. In doing so, students will also gain experience in writing up experimental results for publication.
After taking this class, students will acquire knowledge and insight into:
The process of human communication through speech and hearing.
The relationship between linguistic structure and speech sound.
Structure and dynamics of the human speech organs and hearing mechanism.
They will also learn:
To explain how speech is produced and how we can measure and quantify that process of production;
To hone their practical skills by analyzing speech in PRAAT
To formulate a linguistically inspired research question and address the question via instrumental analysis.
To analyze the phonetic structure of an unfamiliar language and write up a lab report.
Mode of instruction
Seminar in English which includes lectures, hands-on tutorials, and project.
Hours spent on attending lectures and seminars: 24 hours
Time to study the compulsory literature + preparing for the quizzes: 60 hours
Time to prepare for the final project: 56 hours
- Final exam (30%)
- In-class participation & homework (40%)
- Poster on the final project (30%)
This course is supported by Blackboard, which will be used to provide students with an overview of the course, as well as specific information about updates/current affairs of the course.
A. C. M. Rietveld & V. J. van Heuven. 2009. Algemene Fonetiek, derde aangevulde druk, Coutinho, Bussum.
P. Ladefoged. 2003. _Phonetic data analysis: an introduction to instrumental
phonetic fieldwork_. Oxford: Blackwells.
Enrollment through uSis for the course and the examination or paper is mandatory.