LING 313 - Sound Patterns
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
SS
Advisory Prerequisites:
LING 111, 209, 210, or 212.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

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 to differentiate sounds 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 produce, transcribe, and describe in articulatory terms 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 examine how they vary in context. In the second part of the course, the focus is on sounds as members of a particular linguistic system. Phonological data from various languages are analyzed — that is, regularities or patterns in sound distribution are extracted from the data set and then stated within a formal phonological framework. We will also construct arguments to support the proposed analyses, and will find that phonetic factors play a crucial 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.

Course Requirements:

Course grades are based on assignments, two exams, and participation.

Intended Audience:

No data submitted

Class Format:

Class sessions will consist of lectures and interactive discussions of phonological data sets.

LING 313 - Sound Patterns
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
11532
Open
22
 
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MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
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