Postgraduate Course: Advanced Topics in Phonetics: Speech Production and Perception (LASC11087)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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.
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
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.
Monday: Coarticulation and timing.
Thursday: From articulation to acoustics. Tube models
Friday: From articulation to acoustics. Tube models (cont.)
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.
Monday: Discussion of results. Intro to Lab Exercise 2.
Thursday: Laboratory Demonstration: Presenting stimuli to listeners.
Monday: Psychoacoustics. Dispersion Theory
Thursday: Categorical perception demonstration
Friday: What are the objects of speech perception? Motor Theory and alternatives
Monday: Two-stage models of perception
Thursday: No Class
Friday: No Class: preparation of draft project proposals
Monday: How abstract are phonetic representations? Memory for fine phonetic detail. Episodic representations.
Thursday: Invariance? Variability. Landmark detection. Friday: Dealing with variability: Normalisation.
Monday: Abstract, sub-lexical representations
Thursday: No class, preparation of final project proposals
Friday: Film. Project proposals due.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 33,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Weekly reading reports (5%)
Assignment 1 (45%): 1000-1500 words (1500 words maximum)
Assignment 2 (50%): 1500 words maximum
**Exam can be taken in lieu of both assignment 1 and 2 (95%)**
||Weekly reading reports submitted in class. Comments provided on submitted assessments
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Advanced Topics in Phonetics: Speech Production & Perception||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- understand theories of representation and processes in speech production and perception
- understand a range of experimental techniques that can be used to test these theories
- to interpret, evaluate and summarised experimental findings in literature
- understand relevant steps and techniques involved in designing, running, analysing and writing about a phonetic experiment, either in speech production or perception
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Attend all lectures as scheduled
|Course organiser||Prof Alice Turk
Tel: (0131 6)50 3483
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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