Spring 2023  |  SLHS 3304 Section 001: Phonetics (53305)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, East Bank
Shevlin Hall 20
Enrollment Status:
Open (68 of 100 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
What is a click sound? Why is it that people who learned to speak English in New York City are more likely to produce the words Mary, merry, and marry differently than people who learned English in Minneapolis? Why does the name 'Beto' produced by a native speaker of English sound so much like the word 'pero' produced by a native speaker of Spanish? How is English-accented Japanese different from Japanese produced by a native speaker? How does one write the sounds of speech using the international phonetic alphabet? Phonetics is the science of speech production. In this course in phonetics, you will develop skills in phonetic transcription, and you will apply those new skills to understanding differences across languages, speech development, dialects, and individual speech styles. By the end of the course, you will be a skilled phonetic transcriber, and you will have used those skills to understand aspects of speech that can't be understood without a knowledge of phonetics. Your new knowledge of the sound structure of human languages will make you a more flexible listener when you encounter new languages, or new varieties of languages you already know. The skills in this course will be taught with a variety of in-person and on-line tools, including lectures, small group work, on-line self-paced modules, and interactive transcription practice.
Class Description:
(Please note that the catalog description of this course is incorrect. It was written 10 years ago and I am not able to edit it.) Broadly speaking, phonetics is the science of speech production. The primary objective of this course is to teach students how to phonetically transcribe the languages of the world. Before acquiring this skill we must understand (a) the articulatory, acoustic and aerodynamic characteristics of speech sounds, (b) the function of speech sounds in linguistic grammars and (c) phonetic diversity among the world's languages. Phonetic transcription will be taught using examples from many different languages, including various dialects of English. Practice will be given transcribing individuals with and without speech, language and hearing disorders. Course participants who meet the learning objectives of this course will be able to: Phonetically transcribe a variety of the world's languages, including English. Discriminate, describe, and transcribe phonetic differences among social and regional dialects of English, and among different speaking styles and speaking registers. Describe phonetic diversity among the languages of the world. Explain the prevailing theories of phonetics. Discriminate and transcribe the phonetic characteristics of the speech of individuals with speech, language and hearing disorders. This course meets concurrently with SLHS 3304, Phonetics. Please see the description of that course for a discussion of the topics that are covered. Students who register for SLHS 5304 will have the opportunity to conduct an in-depth phonetic field-work exercise on a language other than those studied in the class. In past years, students have written phonetic sketches of Basque, Somali, and Icelandic, among others. Students' phonetic fieldwork projects are individually tailored to individuals' area of interest.
50% Midterm Exam
30% Final Exam
10% Quizzes
10% Written Homework
Class Format:
70% Lecture
30% Small Group Activities Attendance is absolutely critical for success in this course
50 Pages Reading Per Week
15 Pages Writing Per Term
3 Exam(s)
3 Homework Assignment(s)
3 Quiz(zes)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
22 April 2008

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