Postgraduate Course: Phonetics and Laboratory Phonology (LASC11125)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The general area of this course is the relation between phonology (i.e., the system of sound contrasts, as well as their ordering, groupings, and relative prominence within a planned utterance), and phonetics (the realization of utterances in articulation and acoustics). We show that a great deal of phonetic variability can be explained through an understanding of phonological structure, and that phonological questions can be answered using phonetic data. We explore these issues through the study of the the phonetic realization of a) constituent structure and b) suprasegmental contrasts.
The goal is not just to offer insight into this topic area, but also to equip students with the skills and expertise to carry out research independently, for example in an MSc dissertation project. We assume that students taking this course will have an understanding of acoustic representations, and gotten a first experience with making measurements on these.
That basic level expertise forms the foundation of the practical component of the current course, where it will be developed in a number of ways. Students will explore issues of experimental design, process them using Praat software, and learn to automate acoustic measurements, in part or in full, depending on the nature of the measurement. In the process, they will learn how to script within the Praat software environment. For many this will be their first experience with programming.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 27,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Weekly reading reports (5%)
Lab Reports (30%)
||Comments provided on submitted assessments
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- understand the relation between phonetics and phonology, and be able to engage critically with research articles in this area
- understand how to use instrumental data to answer research questions in phonology and phonetics, and understand the pitfalls of phonetic transcription
- create, modify, and use scripts to automate the analysis of several acoustic features, including duration, F0, spectral balance, and formant frequencies
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The knowledge gained in this course will enable students to conduct their own research projects in phonetics, and form the foundation for more specialized professional training in speech technology, speech therapy, and forensic phonetics.
Transferable skills include skills relating to summarising research articles, project design, scripting, and writing.
|Keywords||phonetics,prosody,laboratory phonology,phonetic measurement,phonetic analysis
|Course organiser||Dr Albert Remijsen
Tel: (0131 6)50 6657
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188