Undergraduate Course: LEL2B: Phonetic Analysis and Empirical Methods (LASC08018)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|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 have completed at least 1 introductory level Language Science course at grade B or above for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses. Relevant courses will be courses in Linguistics as an academic discipline. Courses that describe aspects of a given language as part of a Modern Foreign Languages degree will typically not provide students with an adequate background.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, 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 transcribing sounds of the world's languages, 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 short answer questions relating to acoustic phonetics and connected speech, due on Wednesday of Week 7.
35%: An empirical methods project on the pattern of language use in a social context, assessed via a research report due on Monday during the revision week.
8%: Attendance in tutorials during the empirical methods section.
2%: Research Participation: 2 hours of research participation are also required, either via experiment participation or attendance at (and 300 word writeup of) a research meeting (e.g. Linguistic Circle talk, Language Variation and Change reading group, etc.). Each hour of research participation is worth 1%. The deadline for submitting a research group write up will be no later than Monday of Revision week, so as not to interfere with exam preparation for other courses.
||Hours & Minutes
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Phonetic Analysis Resit||1:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Connected Speech and Empirical Methods re-sit||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- interpret instrumental records of speech, especially spectrograms, and understand the elements of acoustic theory as it applies to the analysis of speech
- understand how speech sounds vary in connected speech and use basic acoustic analysis software such as Praat
- recognise a wide range of sound types used in human languages and to acquire basic skills in phonetic transcription
- think quantitatively about language and formulate hypotheses about various aspects of language behaviour
- 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||Dr Josef Fruehwald
Tel: (0131 6)50 3983
|Course secretary||Ms Susan Hermiston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440