Undergraduate Course: LEL2B: Phonetic Analysis and Empirical Methods (LASC08018)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 35,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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%
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Interpret instrumental records of speech, especially spectrograms, and understand the elements of acoustic theory as it applies to the analysis of speech
- Understand how speech sounds vary in connected speech and use basic acoustic analysis software such as Praat
- Recognise a wide range of sound types used in human languages and to acquire basic skills in phonetic transcription
- Think quantitatively about language and formulate hypotheses about various aspects of language behaviour
- Think clearly about the kinds of data required for testing such hypotheses
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Ladefoged, P., & Johnson, K. (2014). A course in phonetics. Nelson Education.
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Matthews, D., Lieven, E., Theakston, A., & Tomasello, M. (2006). The effect of perceptual availability and prior discourse on young children's use of referring expressions. Applied Psycholinguistics, 27(3), 403-422.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Lauren Hall-Lew
Tel: (0131 6)51 1836
|Course secretary||Ms Susan Hermiston
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440