Working Calendar:  Below is my initial idea about how the semester will go.  I’ll be changing it as we go along, though. 

 

Readings:  All readings in the calendar below are from Ladefoged’s A Course in Phonetics, 5th Ed.  Note that supporting audio material can be found on the web, and pointers to it are included with each reading assignment.   There are, in addition, lots of other language examples which can be found in the UCLA archive. 

 

Handouts:  Pdf’s and other links are also included below for each of the relevant days.

 

 

Week/Beginning

Monday

Wednesday

Friday

1

January 8

Introduction and Logistics

Physico-linguistics

 

Men_in Hallway

 

Read: Ladefoged, Ch. 1

 

Representing Dynamic Events

 

Resonance

 

Spectrograms

 

Audio_example

 

2

January 15

NO CLASSES

Transcription

 

s vs. s

 

Audio example

 

sh vs sh

 

Audio example

 

Never the same

 

Audio example

 

What is it?

What is it?

 

Instructions for getting and using your own copy of wavesurfer are here.

 

Read: Ladefoged, Chs. 2 & 3

 

Hardware

 

 

3

January 22

Transcribing Consonants:

Constrictions

 

 

Additional Consonant Stuff

Vowel Intro 

 

Affricates

 

Audio example

 

Audio: fricative voicing

 

Audio: stop voicing

 

Articulating R

 

Transcription Issues

(from Assignment 2).

 

 

4

January 29

Vowel System

 

Read: Ladefoged, Ch. 4

Questions about Vowels

 

Read: Ch. 9 (pp. 211 – 219)

 

Dimension 1: height

 

Dimension 2: backness

 

Dimension 3: rounding/rhoticity

 

Vowel Articulation and Acoustics

 

Vowel Articulation

 

Articulatory vowel structure

 

Two models of vowel contrasts

 

 

 

5

February 5

 Details Details,

How many details?

 

VOT

 

Audio

 

after s

 

Audio

 

Flapping

 

L-devoicing

 

Audio

 

Types of Transcription.

 

 

 

 

 

Phonetics as More than Just Details

 

Which vowel is it?

 

 

 

Which vowel is it (again)?

 

 

 

 

6

February 12

IPA Principles:

Universality, Distinctiveness, and Segmentalism

 

IPA principles

 

Class Cancelled

 

MID-TERM I

 

Review guide for the mid-term

7

February 19

Transcriptions

 

 

Transcription Exam 1

 

Read: Ladefoged, Ch. 7

 

Funny Obstruents

More Funny Obstruents

8

February 26

Palatography and Classification of Points of Articulation

 

Funny Sonorants

 

Liquids

 

Rhotics

 

 

 

Aerodynamics:

From Volume

to Turbulent Sound Pulmonic

 

9

March 5

Transcription Discussion

 

Getting Force

Muscular Coordination

 

Read: Ladefoged, Ch. 6

 

Pulmonic Hardware and Function

 

Laryngeal Structures

 

 

Laryngeal Function

 

 

 

SPRING

BREAK

 

10

March 19

Voicing, Aerodynamics & Glottal Contrasts

 

Pressure by glottal position

 

Airstream Mechanisms

 

Clicks

 

Classification by Aerodynamic Mechanisms

11

March 26

Review

Transcription Exam 2

 

Prosody

 

MID-TERM II

 

Review guide for the mid-term

12

April 2

Physical, Auditory, and Linguistics Properties

 

Problems with the IPA

 

Read: Ladefoged, Chs. 5 & 10

 

 

Using Fundamental Frequency

 

 Stress, Tone, and Accent

 

Guide to Terms

 

Intonation and Other Marginalized Things

 

Notes on Intonation

 

13

April 9

English Intonation Examples

 

 

Other Suprasegmentals

F0 review

 

Stress & Quantity Dynamic Stuff

 

14

April 16

Basic Acoustics:

Waves and Harmonics.

 

Source-Filter Theory

 

Source & filter

 

Estimating Aspects of the Source

 

Read: Ladefoged, Ch. 8

 

Estimating Aspects of the Filter

 

Plastic tubes

 

Head tubes

 

15

April 23

Vowel Acoustics

 

In waveform (example from Language Files)

 

Read: Ladefoged, Ch. 9

 

From Vowels to Consonants

 

Vowel to Glides

 

Vowel to Obstruents

 

Fricative spectrograms

 

Consonant Acoustics

 

Labial stops

 

Coronal stops

 

Velar stops

 

 

Review

 

Review Sheet

 

Mystery Spectrograms

 

Exam

 

 

May 4

10:15:  FINAL EXAM