LING 512 - Phonetics
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
LING 313.
Other Course Info:
May not be repeated for credit.
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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 variation and phonetic theory. We will study the lawful but highly variable properties of speech signals; we will study as well current theories of how speakers coordinate articulatory movements to give rise to these structured signals and how listeners use the variable information to determine what speakers are saying.
  2. To introduce students to phonetic experimentation and modeling. Small-scale experiments will provide training in physiologic measurement, acoustic analysis, and perceptual testing, and will reinforce theoretical principles by serving as empirical tests of selected claims.
  3. To consider the relation between the physical instantiation of speech and its cognitive representation. Our exploration of this issue will serve 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.

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LING 512 - Phonetics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (LAB)
Th 2:30PM - 3:30PM
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Several chapters from A Course in Phonetics are required reading for the course. However, you should feel free to purchase any of the last three editions (editions 5-7) of the text. Inexpensive copies of the 5th and 6th editions can usually be found online. (Note: the author of the 5th edition is Ladefoged rather than Ladefoged & Johnson.)
ISBN: 9781285463407
A course in phonetics, Author: Peter Ladefoged, Keith Johnson., Publisher: Wadsworth Cengage Learning 7th editio 2015
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781405194662
Acoustic and auditory phonetics, Author: Keith Johnson., Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell 3rd ed. 2012
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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