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Undergraduate Course: LEL2B: Phonetic Analysis and Empirical Methods (LASC08018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaLanguage Sciences Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis 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:
1.Acoustic phonetics
a.7 lectures, 4 tutorials & 2 practicals
2.Connected speech
a.6 lectures/demonstrations
3.Ear training
a.10 plenary demonstration sessions
4.Empirical methods
a.9 lectures, 4 tutorials, 5 workshops w/o tutors & 4 workshops w/ tutors
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Linguistics & English Language 1 (LASC08015)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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 Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 32, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 13, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 151 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Resit Exam Diet (August)Phonetic Analysis Resit1:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Connected Speech and Empirical Methods re-sit3:00
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.
Assessment Information
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
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list 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.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr James Kirby
Tel: (0131 6)50 3952
Course secretaryMs Rebecca Thomas
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602
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