Undergraduate Course: Computational Phonology (LASC10081)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides a theoretical and practical introduction to the use of computational and statistical methods in the study of sound systems.
This course provides a theoretical and practical introduction to the use of computational methods in phonetics and phonology. We will consider how computational and statistical approaches can help us understand problems such as the acquisition of phonological rules and categories, the induction of phonotactic constraints, and the ways in which sound systems change over time. While the bulk of the course will focus on actually building and assessing computational models, students will also be introduced to some of the primary literature in this area.
The course is aimed both at students from computational backgrounds interested in linguistic problems, and at students of linguistics (such as Speech and Language Processing MScs, or Hons students who enjoyed Phonological Theory) who wish to find out more about how computational methods can be used in phonological analysis. Previous programming experience (in any language) would be an advantage, but is not required.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Linguistics/Language Sciences courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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| - an overview of the use of computational models in phonological theory
- an ability to read and assess literature in computational phonology and present the results to a peer audience
- an understanding of the fundamentals of probability theory and finite-state methods
- an ability to apply computational methods in (morpho)phonological analysis
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr James Kirby
Tel: (0131 6)50 3952
|Course secretary||Miss Samantha Bell
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602