LG217-5-SP-CO:
Phonetics

The details
2020/21
Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
15
16 May 2020

 

Requisites for this module
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Key module for

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Module description

This module covers topics in phonetics, building on skills acquired in LG110 (Sounds). Students are expected to have a general familiarity with the sounds of English and systems used to describe sounds (place of articulation, manner of articulation, and voicing). In this module, students will further their knowledge of articulation phonetics by looking at non-English sounds. The module will also cover the basics of acoustic phonetics, including the analysis of spectrograms, and audition.

Module aims

This module aims to:

• Introduce students to sounds found in languages outside of English
• Provide students with an understanding of auditory phonetics and the basics of hearing
• Allow students ample time for hands-on exploration of acoustic phonetics and introduce the basic handling of digital audio files

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the course you should have a clear understanding of articulatory phonetics for English and non-English sounds. You should be familiar with acoustic phonetics and demonstrate knowledge of the details of sound wave structure and know how different aspects of sound waves such as frequency, speed of sound and wavelength are related. You will be able to read information off spectrograms in order to identify different sounds. You will be able to conduct acoustic speech analysis using e.g. Praat and produce documents to display your findings. At the end of the module you will be well equipped for independent phonetic analysis and advanced study.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

2 hours per week. Confirmed details will be announced at the start of the academic year.

Bibliography*

  • Zsiga, Elizabeth C. (2013) The sounds of language: an introduction to phonetics and phonology, Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   In-class laboratory exercises    20% 
Coursework   Assignment 1     40% 
Coursework   Assignment 2     40% 
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Faith Chiu, email: f.chiu@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Faith Chiu
Dr Faith Chiu, 4.209, +44 (0) 1206 872082, f.chiu@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
Yes
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External examiner

Dr Lynne Julie Cahill
University of Sussex
Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 22 hours, 0 (0%) hours available to students:
22 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Linguistics

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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