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Postgraduate Course: Special Topics in Phonetics MSc (LASC11140)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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.

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 (LASC11125)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students who have passed LASC11031 (Introduction to Phonology and Phonetics) may also be considered, but only with approval of Course Organiser.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  15
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.
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 Design 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 Albert Remijsen
Tel: (0131 6)50 6657
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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