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Phonetics (LING20005)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeLING20005
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Generic skills

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.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



  • Assignment 1: Phonetic Transcription (equivalent to 800 words) [20%], Due Thursday Week 6 of Semester
  • Assignment 2: Phonetic Transcription 2 (equivalent to 800 words) [25%], Due Thursday Week 12 of semester
  • Phonetic Transcription Test (equivalent to 800 words) [15%], Due during the examination period
  • Final Examination (equivalent to 1600 words) [40%], Due during the examination period

Hurdle Requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    CoordinatorDana Chahal
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours34 hours: 2 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour practical class per week. There will be no practical in the first and last weeks of semester.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Additional delivery details

It is recommended that students have some prior study in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics (e.g. a first year LING subject) prior to enrolling into this subject.

Further information

Last updated: 12 July 2019