The Sounds of Speech

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Sounds of Speech

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    LING 111 (or 211)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The study and analysis of speech sounds and of the sound systems found in languages.

    Learning Objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:
    1. demonstrate familiarity with the classification of speech sounds, including the International Phonetic Alphabet
    2. analyse a range of speech sounds accurately using instrumental and auditory means, including features of connected speech
    3. collect speech data, analyse it using acoustic analysis, and use the analysis to probe a research question related to phonetic theory
    4. analyse a range of phonological phenomena in different languages, from the segmental to the suprasegmental level, in formal terms
    5. discuss and evaluate theories about phonological systems in relation to speech data from different languages

    Journal article summary- 10%
    Practical report- 10%
    Phonetics Project- 35%
    Phonology tutorial analysis- 10%
    Phonology project- 35%

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