Undergraduate Course: LEL2B: Phonetic Analysis and Empirical Methods (LASC08018)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area||Language Sciences
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||This course introduces students to the empirical study of language via systematic perception and classification, corpus analysis, and experimentation. The course demonstrates what can be done with these techniques and gives students the opportunity to conduct original research. The semester is comprised of the following subsections:
a.7 lectures, 4 tutorials & 2 practicals
a.10 plenary demonstration sessions
a.9 lectures, 4 tutorials, 5 workshops w/o tutors & 4 workshops w/ tutors
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Linguistics & English Language 1 (LASC08015)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level Language Science course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||Yes
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1)
||Learn enabled: Yes
|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 32,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 13,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
||Hours & Minutes
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Phonetic Analysis Resit||1:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Connected Speech and Empirical Methods re-sit||3:00|
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|At the end of the course, students will have learned
- to interpret instrumental records of speech, especially spectrograms;
- to understand the elements of acoustic theory as it applies to the analysis of speech;
- to understand how speech sounds vary in connected speech;
- to use basic acoustic analysis software such as Praat;
- to recognise a wide range of sound types used in human languages and to acquire basic skills in phonetic transcription;
- to think quantitatively about language;
- to formulate hypotheses about various aspects of language behaviour;
- to think clearly about the kinds of data required for testing such hypotheses.
|1.30% In-class, multi-part, 1-hour ear training test|
2.30% Connected Speech project, assessed by coursework
3.40% Empirical Methods project, assessed by attendance and participation in tutorials and a 1-hour in-class exam
a.= 30% exam, 10% attendance and participation in tutorials and workshops
||Catford, J.C. (1988). A Practical Introduction to Phonetics. Oxford University Press.
Thomas, Erik R. (2011). Sociophonetics: An introduction. Palgrave Macmillian
Kiesling, S. F. 2011. Linguistic Variation and Change. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Ladefoged, P. and Maddieson, I. (1996). The Sounds of the World's Languages. Blackwell.
Meyerhoff, M. 2006. Introducing Sociolinguistics. London: Routledge.
Ogden, R. (2009). An Introduction to English Phonetics. Edinburgh University Press.
|Course organiser||Dr James Kirby
Tel: (0131 6)50 3952
|Course secretary||Ms Rebecca Thomas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602
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