Fall 2023  |  SLHS 3305W Section 001: Speech Science (18755)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person
Class Attributes:
UMNTC Liberal Education Requirement
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/05/2023 - 12/13/2023
Tue, Thu 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, East Bank
Shevlin Hall 20
Enrollment Status:
Open (68 of 90 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Because speech is the acoustic representation of language, we will examine the time varying acoustic signal - speech production - and the reception, separation and decoding of this signal into language - speech perception. For this class you will be presented with: (a) the basic principles of acoustics; (2) the physiology that produces the acoustic features that comprise speech; (3) basic theories of speech-motor control; (4) basic principles of speech perception; and (5) overview of current theories of speech perception, especially as they pertain to development of language in the first year of life.
Class Notes:
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Class Description:
This is a course on the production and perception of speech. In the first part of the course, we will explore the relationship between the way sounds are produced, and their resulting acoustic and auditory characteristics. In the second part of the course, we will examine how these sounds are perceived. There are three over-arching themes in this course. The first is to use experimental techniques to understand how sounds are represented cognitively. The second is to integrate laboratory and writing exercises. The third is to appreciate how the scientific method applies to questions related to spoken language. This course will expose students to a wide variety of techniques for measuring sound production and perception. Examples will be taken from a variety of languages, and from the speech of people with and without The course textbook is Keith Johnson's Acoustic and Auditory Phonetics (second edition).
50% Midterm Exam
30% Final Exam
20% Reports/Papers
Exam Format:
Problem solving, graph interpretation and creation, multiple choice, fill in the blank
Class Format:
60% Lecture
20% Discussion
20% Laboratory
20 Pages Reading Per Week
20 Pages Writing Per Term
3 Exam(s)
4 Paper(s)
Other Workload: The four writing assignments will have laboratory components that students will complete outside of class.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
23 October 2007

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