Applied Phonetics

2019-2020

Course Objective

On completion of this course, students should be familiar with general
theoretical issues in phonetics. They should be able to identify,
describe and understand key concepts involved in describing the acoustic
and articulatory properties of speech sounds, how speech sounds are
produced and perceived. They will be able to use their newly gained
practical skills to perform a basic acoustic analysis on various
acoustic characteristics of speech signals. Furthermore, students will
also know how to use and apply phonetic theories and concepts in other
disciplines of language and communication.

Course Content

This course will introduce you to the study of phonetics. Whereas
phonetics is a branch of linguistics that studies the sounds of human
speech, as well as the equivalent aspects of signs in sign language, the
main focus of this course will be on the acoustic characteristics and
physical aspects of speech production and perception. Knowledge about
the mechanism involved in speech production and perception will help to
better understand and appreciate speech and its communicative function.
It also helps to better understand the mechanisms and potential problems
in language and speech development including second language
acquisition. The main goal of the course is provide students with a
comprehensive overview of the main fundamental topics in phonetics
including the physics of speech sounds, their articulatory and acoustic
descriptions, and their perception. Theoretical phonetic issues will be
linked with hands-on experience in acoustic analysis using PRAAT.
Through lectures, assignments and hands-on sessions students will also
get acquainted with possible applications of different phonetic theories
and concepts in different areas of language and communication, including
first and second language acquisition and teaching.

Teaching Methods

A combination of lectures and seminars (2 hours per week), and practical
sessions (2 hours per week). Practical sessions and assignments can be
accomplished on your own. Attendance of all meetings is highly
recommended.

Method of Assessment

Grades will be based on written practical sessions reports including
answers to questions for studying course materials (40%); in-class exam
(60%). In order to pass the course, the student must pass each component
with at least 5.0. The weighted average of all grades has to be at least
5.5.

Literature

Phonetics, A practical Introduction by Ratree Wayland2019, Cambridge
University Press. ISBN 978-1-108407070-6. Some additional non-textbook
readings will be announced during the course.

Target Audience

2nd year CIS students: track .
The course is part of the premaster programme MA TTW Taalstoornissen

Additional Information

This is a required course of the CIS track Language Learning and
Language Teaching. Students are required to hand fully completed written
reports before they are due. Deadlines will be provided on the course
website and in the planning. If you do not hand in a report or you hand
in a report too late without informing the instructor before the
deadline, there will be no make-up assignments or extensions of
deadlines . As a consequence, you are not allowed to participate in the
exam and pass the course within this academic year.

General Information

Course Code L_WABACIW203
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator A. van Schie
Examiner dr. M.J.A. Lamers
Teaching Staff prof. dr. M.M.R. Coene
dr. M.J.A. Lamers
A. van Schie

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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