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Undergraduate Course: LEL2B: Phonetic Analysis and Empirical Methods (LASC08018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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 first half of the course concentrates on Phonetic Analysis, and the second half of the course concentrates on Empirical Methods.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Linguistics and English Language 1A (LASC08022) AND Linguistics and English Language 1B (LASC08023) OR Informatics 1 - Cognitive Science (INFR08020)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 32, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 13, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 151 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assignment 1, worth 20%
Assignment 2, worth 35%
Assignment 3, worth 35%
Engagement with tutorial exercises, worth 8%
Research participation worth 2%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Resit Exam Diet (August)Assignment 12:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Assignment 22:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Assignment 32:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Interpret instrumental records of speech, especially spectrograms, and understand the elements of acoustic theory as it applies to the analysis of speech
  2. Understand how speech sounds vary in connected speech and use basic acoustic analysis software such as Praat
  3. Recognise a wide range of sound types used in human languages and to acquire basic skills in phonetic transcription
  4. Think quantitatively about language and formulate hypotheses about various aspects of language behaviour
  5. Think clearly about the kinds of data required for testing such hypotheses
Reading List
Abbott, B. (2006). Definite and indefinite. In Keith Brown, ed., Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed., vol. 3. Oxford: Elsevier, 392-399.

Aylett, M., & Turk, A. (2006). Language redundancy predicts syllabic duration and the spectral characteristics of vocalic syllable nuclei. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 119, 3048-3058.

Galati, A., & Brennan, S. E. (2010). Attenuating information in spoken communication: For the speaker, or for the addressee? Journal of Memory and Language, 62, 35-51.

Garnham, A. & Cowles, H. W. (2006). Reference: Psycholinguistic Approach. In Keith Brown, ed., Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 2nd ed., vol. 10. Oxford: Elsevier, 427-433.

Gundel, J. K, Hedberg, N. & Zacharski, R. (1993). Cognitive Status and the form of referring expressions in discourse. Language, 69(2), 274-307.

Kahn, J. & Arnold, J.E. (2012). A Processing-Centered Look at the Contribution of Givenness to Durational Reduction. Journal of Memory and Language, 67, 311-325.

Ladefoged, P., & Johnson, K. (2014). A course in phonetics. Nelson Education.

Turk, A., Nakai, S., & Sugahara, M. (2006). Acoustic segment durations in prosodic research: a practical guide. In Stefan Sudhoff et al, ed., Methods in Empirical Prosody Research. Mouton de Gruyter, 1-28.
Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Lauren Hall-Lew
Tel: (0131 6)51 1836
Course secretaryMs Susan Hermiston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440
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