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This subject involves the study of the sound distinctions occurring in human languages, such as basic articulatory, acoustic and auditory phonetics. Students should develop skills in perceiving, articulating, and transcribing speech sounds. Students should also learn how to interpret sound spectrograms and how acoustic phonetic techniques can be used to supplement traditional phonetic transcription.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- understand and be able to identify the different sounds of the world’s languages;
- become familiar with phonetic transcription and basic acoustic phonetics;
- deepen their understanding of language and phonetic theory through exposure to a range of different speech sound contrasts used in a wide variety of languages;
- broaden and apply practical research skills utilizing a variety of speech resources and develop awareness of intellectual integrity and research ethics in phonetic research;
- further hone analytical skills through ear-training and transcription training;
- participate in individual and group-based data-related activities within and outside the classroom.
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- have acquired skill in observation and attention to detail through tutorial and assignment preparation, and examination revision.
- have strengthened their computer literacy through use of IT in acoustic and auditory analyses of spoken language.
- have improved their ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through tutorial preparation and participation and assignment preparation.
Last updated: 22 November 2023