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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
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Introduction to Phonology and Phonetics (LASC11031)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 33, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 64 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Weekly reading reports (5%)

Assignment 1 (45%): 1000-1500 words (1500 words maximum)
Return Date:

Assignment 2 (50%): 1500 words maximum
Return Date:

**Exam can be taken in lieu of both assignment 1 and 2 (95%)**
Feedback Weekly reading reports submitted in class. Comments provided on submitted assessments
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Advanced Topics in Phonetics: Speech Production & Perception2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand theories of representation and processes in speech production and perception
  2. understand a range of experimental techniques that can be used to test these theories
  3. to interpret, evaluate and summarised experimental findings in literature
  4. understand relevant steps and techniques involved in designing, running, analysing and writing about a phonetic experiment, either in speech production or perception
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements None
Study Abroad Not available
Additional Class Delivery Information Attend all lectures as scheduled
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserProf Alice Turk
Tel: (0131 6)50 3483
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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