LING 313 - Sound Patterns
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
LING 111, 209, 210, or 212.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 8/29/22 - 12/9/22 (see other Sections below)
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This course explores two fundamental aspects of the sounds of human languages: speech sounds as physical entities (phonetics) and as part of a linguistic system (phonology). In viewing sounds as physical elements, the focus is on articulatory and acoustic descriptions: How are speech sounds made? What types of articulatory movements and configurations are used in the world's languages? What are the acoustic properties of consonants and vowels? In this part of the course, the goal is to learn to understand, describe, and transcribe many of the sounds known to occur in human languages. In addition, we shall learn to measure and analyze acoustic properties of consonants and vowels and to examine how they vary in context.

In the second part of the course, the focus is on sounds as members of a particular language system, including how sounds vary in different contexts and how consonants and vowels are organized into larger units, such as syllables and feet. Phonological data from various languages are analyzed— that is, regularities or patterns are extracted from a data set and then stated within a formal phonological framework. We will also construct arguments to support the proposed analyses, and learn that phonetic factors play an important role in validating phonological analyses.
Throughout the course, a major emphasis is that speech sounds are simultaneously physical and linguistic elements, and that these two aspects of sound structure are interdependent. Besides teaching linguistics, this course also aims to help students acquire some life-long learning skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and analyzing and interpreting data sets quantitatively.

Intended Audience:

Anyone who is interested in speech sounds


LING 313 - Sound Patterns
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
8/29/22 - 12/9/22

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