version 2016-03-29

L541 Introduction to Phonetics

Lab Section

General Info | Lecture

Spring 2016 Schedule
Meeting time: R 2:30-3:45, F 9:30-10:45, or F 11:15-12:30; Location: Memorial (MM) 401


Phillip Weirich <>
Office: Memorial 406
Office hours: Tues 3-4 and Thurs 10-11, and by appointment

Lab Goals

Lab sessions are designed to provide a comfortable environment for individual and group discussion about L541 class topics and assignments. This includes giving students a chance to practice using new tools and methods, work through concepts, 'try out' new sounds, etc.

Lab Website

Please visit the L541 course and lab websites regularly for updates on class information regarding the lab sessions. Assignments and materials connected with lab sessions will be uploaded on a weekly basis.

A lot of useful resources can also be found on the Indiana University Phonetics Lab website.

Lab Activities and Requirements

Policy on Late Work

All late assignments will be penalized. Late work turned in up to one week after the due date will receive up to 50% total credit for the assignment. After one week, no credit will be received for the assignment. If you have a valid reason for not being able to hand in your assignment on time, please contact Professor de Jong and me.


All Topics are Tentative (except for exam dates). Please check the lab website regularly for updates.

Date Th/FGeneral TopicsHomework (Distributed)Project Timeline & Requirements
Week 1
Jan 14/15 Introductions
Lab Overview
Introduction to Praat, R, LaTeX, and IPA (they are things). Wavesurfer is an alternative to Praat.

Week 1 Slides
Start to think about topics/groups

Getting started (pdf)
Step 1: Groups and Draft Sketch (pdf)
Tips for Topics (pdf)
Timeline (pdf)
Week 2
Jan 21/22 IRB Basics
Consonant Transcription
Vocal Tract Anatomy (supralaryngeal)
Praat: Exercise sentence

Week 2 Slides
Week 3
Jan 28/29 Vowel Transcription
Praat: Recording and Text Grids

English Vowels.pdf
AE Vowels.wav
BE Vowels.wav
Vowel Transcription "Answers"

Week 3 Slides
Due: Draft Sketch
Submit by email to both Prof. de Jong and Phillip by 5 pm (and CC group members)
Week 4
Feb 4/5 Narrow Transcription

Cardinal Vowels
Daniel Jones

Praat: Concatenate Files, Vowel Measurements
Auditory Plotting

Week 4 Slides
Decide on and refine research question
Step 2: Final Sketch
Week 5
Feb 11/12 Non-English Transcription
Praat: Manually extract and plot vowel midpoints
Intro to Scripting

Plotting in Excel
Download: R and RStudio
Due: Sketch aproval
Submit by email to both Prof. de Jong and Phillip by 5 pm (and CC group members)
Week 6
Feb 18/19 Laryngeal Transcription
Aerodynamics and Pulmonic System

Intro to R Language
Vowel Data

HW 6
Work on Research Prospectus laying out procedure for project
Step 3: Prospectus
Sample Prospectus

Due: Human Subjects IRB — CITI Training
Week 7
Feb 25/26 Transcription Exam I

More R!!!

Transcription Exam I
Due: Draft of Research Prospectus
Week 8
Mar 3/4 (Mid-term: in class Wed.)

Larynx Anatomy
Experimental Design
Technology for data collection: Praat, PsychoPy

Week 8 Slides
HW 7
Revise Research Prospectus
incorporating feedback and trial runs Step 4: Final Prospectus
Week 9
Mar 10/11 Clicks and ejectives
Orchestration Schemes

Week 9 Slides
HW 8
Due: Final Research Prospectus
Week of Spring Break
Mar 17/18Spring Breakno class meeting
Week 10
Mar 24/25 Source Acoustics
Tone and Intonation Transcription
Estimating F0

Week 10 Slides
Run experiments
Step 5: Data Collection
Week 11
Mar 31/Apr 1 Spectrographic Analysis
F0 Estimation
R: Advanced Graphics

Advanced R Graphics
Sample Data
HW 10
Perform measurements and analyses
Step 6: Measurements and Analyses

Due: Data collection done, e.g. recordings
Week 12
Apr 7/8 Transcription Exam II
Transcription Exam

Transcription Exam II

Due: Measurement and Analysis Scheme
Week 13
Apr 14/15 Project Work
Complete analyses and work through conclusions
Step 7: Analyses and Figures
Week 14
Apr 21/22 Project Work
Due: Summary Figures
Step 8: Final Paper
Week 15
Apr 28/29 Project Work
Final Project Due!
Final Exam: Mon. May 2: 10:15 – 12:15
***Please see the L541 course syllabus for all official requirements, grading procedures, and schedule.