LING 512 - Phonetics
Section: 001
Term: FA 2012
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
LING 313.
Other Course Info:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course introduces students to the nature of human speech production and perception and the nature of the acoustic signal that is transmitted from speaker to listener. The course goals are:

  1. To understand fundamental principles of phonetic theory and phonetic representation. We will study current theories of the complex tasks accomplished by speakers and listeners and will arrive at a representation of speech sounds in terms of their articulatory (speaker-based), acoustic, and perceptual characteristics.
  2. To introduce students to phonetic experimentation and modeling. Small-scale experiments will provide training in physiologic measurement, acoustic analysis, and perceptual testing, and reinforce theoretical principles by serving as empirical tests of selected claims.
  3. To consider the relation between human articulatory and perceptual capacities and patterns in linguistic sound systems (i.e., phonology). Our exploration of issues related to this third goal will necessarily be preliminary, serving as a bridge between phonetics and future coursework that many students will take in phonology.
  4. To provide practical experience in producing and transcribing sounds of the world's languages.

LING 512 - Phonetics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LAB)
Th 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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Johnson's text (Acoustic and Auditory Phonetics) is required. Several chapters from the text by Ladefoged and Johnson (A Course in Phonetics) are also required, however earlier editions of this text are available and are perfectly appropriate for this course. (I have a few copies that I can loan to students.) You might want to attend class before purchasing this rather expensive text.
ISBN: 9781405194662
Acoustic and auditory phonetics, Author: Keith Johnson., Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell 3rd ed.
ISBN: 9781428231269
A course in phonetics, Author: Peter Ladefoged, Keith Johnson., Publisher: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning 6th ed.
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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