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Postgraduate Course: Advanced Topics in Phonetics: Speech Production and Perception (LASC11087)

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 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaLanguage Sciences Other subject areaNone
Course website Please use Learn Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course introduces theories of representations and processes in speech production and perception, along with supporting experimental evidence from classic and more recent journal articles. Some of the questions addressed are the nature of phonological representations used in speech production planning and perception, how articulations are controlled and coordinated, how articulatory patterns map onto acoustics, and how the acoustic signal is decoded into mental representations.

Formal Feedback Events:
Weekly reading reports submitted in class
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 90 %, Coursework 10 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students will learn:
- theories of representation and processes in speech production and perception
- a range of experimental techniques that can be used to test these theories
- how to interpret, evaluate, and summarise experimental findings in the literature
- relevant steps and techniques involved in designing, running, analysing, and writing about a phonetic experiment, either in speech production or perception
Assessment Information
Weekly reading reports (5%)

Assignment 1 (45%): 1000-1500 words (1500 words maximum)
Deadline: Friday 28th March 2014, 11.00 am
Return Date: Monday 21st April 2014

Assignment 2 (50%): 1500 words maximum
Deadline: Monday 14th April 2014
Return Date: Tuesday 6th May 2014

**Exam can be taken in lieu of both assignment 1 and 2 (95%)**
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description As course description
Syllabus Approximate

Week 1.
Monday: Introduction. Representations, goals, and processes in speech production and perception.
Thursday: Speech errors and what they tell us about speech production planning
Friday: Speech errors (cont.).

Reading for this week (Report due Friday in class):
Shattuck-Hufnagel, S. (1983). Sublexical units and suprasegmental structure in speech production planning. In P. F. MacNeilage (Ed.), The production of speech, (pp. 109-136). New York: Springer-Verlag.

Week 2
Monday: Muscular vs. Articulatory goals/representations. Motor equivalence and bite block experiments.
Thursday: Articulatory Phonology and task dynamic theory.
Friday: Articulatory vs. acoustic goals. Motor equivalence continued Reading (report due Friday in class): Browman & Goldstein 1992

Week 3
Monday: Modelling speech production with acoustic goals and extrinsic timing
Thursday: (AT, 3.02): Laboratory Demonstration: Synthesising vowels
Friday: (AT, 3.02): Laboratory exercise: Synthesising vowels
By Thursday of this week, you will need to have made a recording of 3 repetitions of the word you would like to synthesize. This word should be at least 2 syllables long, and make sure you keep it secret!

Readings: Guenther 1995, Perkell 2000, Klatt 1980, Klatt Chapter 3.

Assignment for Friday: From the Klatt readings, identify the sensyn parameters you will need to use in synthesizing your word. Create schematic dot-to-dot diagrams of the way these parameters will need to be varied over time.

Week 4
Monday: Coarticulation and timing.
Thursday: From articulation to acoustics. Tube models
Friday: From articulation to acoustics. Tube models (cont.)

Week 5
Monday: From articulation to acoustics. Tube models (cont.).
Thursday: Quantal Theory
Friday: The ear.
February 20-24 Innovative learning week, completion of lab exercise 1.

Week 6
Monday: Discussion of results. Intro to Lab Exercise 2.
Thursday: Laboratory Demonstration: Presenting stimuli to listeners.
Friday: Psychoacoustics.

Week 7
Monday: Psychoacoustics. Dispersion Theory
Thursday: Categorical perception demonstration
Friday: What are the objects of speech perception? Motor Theory and alternatives

Week 8
Monday: Two-stage models of perception
Thursday: No Class
Friday: No Class┐preparation of draft project proposals

Week 9
Monday: How abstract are phonetic representations? Memory for fine phonetic detail. Episodic representations.
Thursday: Invariance? Variability. Landmark detection. Friday: Dealing with variability: Normalisation.

Week 10
Monday: Abstract, sub-lexical representations
Thursday: No class, preparation of final project proposals
Friday: Film. Project proposals due.

Week 11
No class
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list As detailed within Syllabus
Study Abroad Not available
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Alice Turk
Tel: (0131 6)50 3483
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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