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Undergraduate Course: Special Topics in Phonetics (LASC10101)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
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.

The 2018/19 run of the course focuses on the phenomenon of tone. This topic will be approach from a laboratory-phonology perspective, whereby the phonetic realisation is investigated to understand the phonological system. We will exploring a wide range of issues, including the nature of contour tones, the tone-bearing unit, and interactions with quantity and intonation. The course will have a prominent and wide-ranging practical component, with students analysing data using Praat, using ear-based analysis, and collecting tone-language data themselves. At least one of the weekly hours will be dedicated to this practical component. In addition, we will discuss landmarks papers that have shaped the study of tone. Through this programme of course, students will build up the knowledge base and develop the practical expertise to make a contribution to the study of tone.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Phonetics and Laboratory Phonology (LASC10090)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have completed at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above. These courses must have included a basic introduction to phonetics and phonology. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 27, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 10%: Reading reports
- 1-page weekly reading reports on assigned readings. These will be marked "complete" or "incomplete".

-Project Paper 1

-Project Paper 2
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. Students will acquire a sufficiently in-depth understanding of an active area of current phonetics research and/or a set of research methods to enable them to conduct independent research in this area.
  2. Students will acquire familiarity with a combination of current and classic readings in a particular topic area.
  3. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how phonetics data bear on theoretical issues in phonetics and phonology.
  4. Students will have the opportunity to present ideas to a peer audience, and provide feedback to their peers.
  5. Students will be able to understand and summarize primary research articles.
Reading List
Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Albert Remijsen
Tel: (0131 6)50 6657
Course secretaryMs Lynne Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870
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