Undergraduate Course: LEL2B: Phonetic Analysis and Empirical Methods (LASC08018)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||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
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.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1)
|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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||20%: A class test on phonetics, including transcription of non-English sounds, and multiple choice questions on acoustic phonetics, held in the regular class period on Monday of Week 3
35%: A phonetics project, involving transcription of connected speech, alignment of the transcription with spectrographic records, and an essay, due on Wednesday of Week 7
35%: An Empirical Methods project on the distribution of sociolinguistic variables in a survey and in recorded speech, assessed via a research report
due Monday during the Revision Week
10%: Attendance in tutorials during the empirical methods section.
||Hours & Minutes
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Phonetic Analysis Resit||1:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Connected Speech and Empirical Methods re-sit||3:00|
| 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.
|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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Mr Josef Fruehwald
Tel: (0131 6)50 3983
|Course secretary||Ms Paula Philip
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602
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