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Undergraduate Course: Speech Production and Perception (LASC10104)

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 will introduce students to 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 Examples of topics to be covered include
- What types of representations are used in speech production? Speech error evidence for sub-lexical representations and prosodic frames
- How does speech motor control work? Are the goals of speech production muscular, articulatory, or acoustic? Motor equivalence and bite block experiments.
- What types of motor control processes do we use? Articulatory Phonology & Task Dynamics
- Motor control processes continued. Approaches with auditory goals and extrinsic timing. The role of feedback.
- From articulation to acoustics. Tube models
- How do production processes influence phonological inventories? Quantal Theory
- The ear
- Psychoacoustics
- How does psychoacoustics influence phonological inventories? Dispersion Theory
- Speech perception is not the same as pure tone perception. Categorical perception.
- What types of processes are involved in speech perception? Auditory vs. Cognitive processes: Motor theory and alternatives. Animal and infant studies
- Integrating higher level, cognitive information with lower level auditory information
- The nature of phonological representations used in speech perception
- Perceptual constancy and normalization
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: LEL2B: Phonetic Analysis and Empirical Methods (LASC08018) AND 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:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 25, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 45 %, Coursework 55 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 45 %, Coursework 55 %
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
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 and evidence for these theories
  2. understand a range of experimental techniques that can be used to test these theories
  3. interpret, evaluate and summarise experimental findings in the literature
  4. understand relevant steps and techniques involved in designing, running, analysing and writing about a phonetic experiment
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsSpeech production,phonetics,speech perception
Course organiserProf Alice Turk
Tel: (0131 6)50 3483
Course secretaryMs Lynne Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9870
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