LING 512 - Phonetics
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics
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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 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 analyzing speech signals and perceptual testing, and will reinforce theoretical principles by serving as empirical tests of some influential claims.
  3. To consider the relation between the physical instantiation of speech and its cognitive representation. Our exploration of this issue will ideally 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.

      Course Requirements:

      Performance will be assessed through lab exercises, phonetic dictations, and two exams. Students will also write a term paper (typically on the phonetic structures of a language of each student's choosing) and are expected to actively contribute to class discussions.

      Intended Audience:

      For undergraduates, prerequisites are LING 313 and permission of the instructor. There are no prerequisites for Linguistics graduate students. Graduate students from other departments may be allowed to enroll with permission of the instructor.


LING 512 - Phonetics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LAB)
 In Person
Th 9:00AM - 10:00AM

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