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Postgraduate Course: Special Topics in Phonetics MSc (LASC11140)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course covers specialized topics and methods for the advanced study of phonetics. Through advanced readings and an independent research project proposal, students will examine the theories and practices associated with data collection and analysis in areas of active phonetic research.
Course description This course covers specialized topics and methods for the advanced study of phonetics. The particular topic in a given year the course runs will be one that is relevant to the ongoing research interests of students and course organizers. Examples of topics may include, but are not limited to: instrumental phonetics; tone and voice quality; word prosody; and speech motor timing. Course hours will consist of reading discussions, student presentations, and laboratory work / demonstrations as appropriate.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 18, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Feedback One-on-one 30-minutes meetings with each student regarding the assessment. Comments provided on submitted assessments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. conduct independent research in the topic area
  2. demonstrate familiarity with a combination of current and classic readings in a particular topic area
  3. demonstrate an understanding of how phonetics data bear on theoretical issues in phonetics and phonology
  4. present ideas to a peer audience, and provide feedback to peers
  5. understand and summarize primary research articles
Reading List
Example readings for a focus on 'Instrumental phonetics':

Beddor, P. S., McGowan, K. B., Boland, J. E., Coetzee, A. W., & Brasher, A. (2013). The time course of perception of coarticulation. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 133(4), 2350-2366. [eyetracking]

Davidson, L. (2006). Comparing tongue shapes from ultrasound imaging using smoothing spline analysis of variance. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 120(1), 407-415. [ultrasound]

Lawson, E., Scobbie, J. M., Stuart-Smith. J. (2014). A socio-articulatory study of Scottish rhoticity. In R. Lawson (ed.), Sociolinguistics in Scotland (pp. 53-78). Palgrave Macmillan. [ultrasound]

Demolin, D. (2011). Aerodynamic techniques for phonetic fieldwork. In Proceedings of the 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (pp. 84-87). [airflow]

Geng, C., Turk, A., Scobbie, J. M., et al. (2013). Recording speech articulation in dialogue: Evaluating a synchronized double electromagnetic articulography setup. Journal of Phonetics, 41(6), 421-431. [electromagnetic articulography]

Michaud, A. 2004. Final consonants and glottalization: new perspectives from Hanoi Vietnamese. Phonetica, 61(2-3), 119-146. [electroglottography]
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - Execution of a research project
- Development of quantitative reasoning skills
- Practical experience in using phonetic research methods
Keywordsphonetics,instrumental phonetics,tone quality,voice quality,prosody
Course organiserDr James Kirby
Tel: (0131 6)50 3952
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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