L541: Introductory Phonetics
Spring 2016

[General Information | Lecture | Lab ]

Instructor: Ken de Jong

Assistant instructor: Sherman Charles

Office: Ballantine 859

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Phone: 856-1307

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E-mail: kdejong @ …

E-mail: sdcharle @ …

Office Hours: Wednsday 12:00 – 1:30

Office Hours: TBA



Monday & Wednesday 1:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Ballantine 245


Thursday  9:30 – 10:45; 1:00 -2:15; 2:30 – 3:45

Ballantine 306




Friday 11:15 am – 12:30 pm


General Information:

Introductory Phonetics is designed to introduce students to the various facets of phonetic investigation.  In this course, we hope to cover the basics of speech production and speech acoustics as they are relevant to the expression of linguistic structures. Along the way, we hope to develop basic skills for linguistic investigation of speech behavior. The first part of the course will focus on the segmental analysis of speech, and we will work on the ability to analyze speech by means of the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet). The later part of the course will focus on understanding various quantitative aspects of speech. Most important, we will introduce you to a range of acoustic techniques for analyzing speech, and help you through a short experimental investigation of some linguistic phenomenon of your choice. 

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Supplementary Texts:

You are not required to acquire these texts, though they are excellent references and will likely be useful supplements to the course work.



1.     Homework assignments: Homework assignments.  There will be weekly homework assignments (which will trail off toward the end of the semester in favor of the course project).  These assignments will entail performing various analyses, beginning with transcriptional analyses of speech.  Other parts will entail performing exercises related to the course project, and to various kinds of data related to subject matter in the lectures.

2.     Exams: There will be a mid-term and a final exam and two transcription exams in the discussion sections, whose dates will be specified at the beginning of the semester.

3.     A Term Project: This project will concern the acoustic investigation of a topic of your choice, filtered by Martin, and me.  Projects will be done in collaboration with (usually) two others in the class, and will involve the collection of relevant records, data-extraction analyses of these, analysis of this data, and a thoughtful write-up of the project and its results.  More information on this project will be provided shortly -- including an appropriate schedule of events.

Grade calculation will be based on the following formula






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