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Postgraduate Course: Speech Production and Perception MSc (20 Credits) (LASC11138)

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) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will introduce students to theories of representations and processes in speech production and perception, along with supporting experimental evidence from classic and more recent journal articles. Some of the questions addressed are the nature of phonological representations used in speech production planning and perception, how articulations are controlled and coordinated, how articulatory patterns map onto acoustics, and how the acoustic signal is decoded into mental representations.

Course description Examples of topics to be covered include
- What types of representations are used in speech production? Speech error evidence for sub-lexical representations and prosodic frames
-Are the goals of speech production muscular, articulatory, or acoustic? Motor equivalence and bite block experiments.
- How does speech production planning and motor control work? What types of cognitive representations and processes are involved? What are the implications of different proposed types of phonological representations?
- What is the role of feedback in speech production?
- From articulation to acoustics. Tube models
- How do production processes influence phonological inventories? Quantal Theory
- The ear
- Psychoacoustics
- How does speech perception influence inventories of phonological categories? Enhancement Theory and Dispersion Theory.
- Speech perception is not the same as pure tone perception. Categorical perception.
- What types of processes are involved in speech perception? Auditory vs. Cognitive processes: Motor Theory and alternatives. Animal and infant studies.
- Integrating higher level, cognitive information with lower level auditory information
- Perceptual constancy and normalization. Context effects in speech perception.
- The nature of phonological representations used in speech perception
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Speech Production and Perception MSc (10 Credits) (LASC11142)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 27, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 169 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 45 %, Coursework 55 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Completion of weekly reading reports (5%)
Assignment 1 (25%)
Assignment 2 (25%)
Exam (45%).
Feedback Feedback will be provided for Assignments 1 and 2
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understand theories of representation and processes in speech production and perception
  2. understand a range of experimental techniques that can be used to test these theories
  3. interpret, evaluate and summarised experimental findings in literature
  4. understand relevant steps and techniques involved in designing, running, analysing and writing about a phonetic experiment, either in speech production or perception
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsspeech production,perception,acoustics
Course organiserProf Alice Turk
Tel: (0131 6)50 3483
Course secretaryMs Sasha Wood
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