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L541 Introduction to Phonetics

Lab Section

General Info | Lecture

Spring 2017 Schedule
Meeting time: R 9:30-10:45, 1:00-2:15, 2:30-3:45; Location: Ballantine Hall (BH) 306


Sherman Charles <>
Office: Speech and Hearing Building C127
Office hours: Tues 1:30-3:15 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.

DateGeneral TopicsHomework (Distributed)Project Timeline & Requirements
Week 1
Jan 12 Introductions
Lab Overview
Introduction to Praat, R, LaTeX, and IPA (they are things).

Week 1 Lab Outline
HW1 on Canvas under Quizzes
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 19 IRB Basics
Consonant Transcription
Vocal Tract Anatomy (supralaryngeal)
Ultrasound Video
Praat: Exercise sentence

Week 2 Outline
HW2 on Canvas under Quizzes
Continue finding group members and conjuring up project ideas
Week 3
Jan 26 Vowel Transcription
Praat: Recording and Text Grids

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

Week 3 Outline
HW3 on Canvas under Quizzes
Due: Draft Sketch
Submit by email to both Prof. de Jong and Sherman by 5 pm (and CC group members)
Week 4
Feb 2 Narrow Transcription

Cardinal Vowels
Daniel Jones

Praat: Concatenate Files, Vowel Measurements
Auditory Plotting

Week 4 Outline
HW4 on Canvas under Quizzes
Blank vowel quadrilateral
Decide on and refine research question
Step 2: Final Sketch
Week 5
Feb 9 Non-English Transcription
Praat: Manually extract formants and plot vowels with R

Week 5 Outline
HW5 on Canvas under Quizzes
Plotting in Excel
Download: R and RStudio
Due: Sketch aproval
Submit by email to both Prof. de Jong and Sherman by 5 pm (and CC group members)
Week 6
Feb 16 Tour of the Speech Production Lab in room C127 in the Speech and Hearing Building

Exploration of articulation with the ultrasound machine

Week 6 Outline
HW6 on Canvas under Quizzes
Work on Research Prospectus laying out procedure for project
Step 3: Prospectus
Sample Prospectus

Due: Human Subjects IRB — CITI Training
Week 7
Feb 23 Transcription Exam I

Ultrasound tracing in WASL

Week 7 Outline
Take Home Exam 1 on Canvas under Quizzes
Due: Draft of Research Prospectus
Week 8
Mar 2 (Mid-term: in class Wed.)

Paper anatomical model of larynx
Experimental Design
Technology for data collection and analysis: Praat, WASL, R

Revise Research Prospectus
incorporating feedback and trial runs Step 4: Final Prospectus
Week 9
Mar 9 Clicks and ejectives
Orchestration Schemes

Due: Final Research Prospectus
Week of Spring Break
Mar 17/18Spring Breakno class meeting
Week 10
Mar 23 Source Acoustics
Tone and Intonation Transcription
Estimating F0

Run experiments
Step 5: Data Collection
Week 11
Mar 30 Spectrographic Analysis
F0 Estimation
R: Advanced Graphics

Perform measurements and analyses
Step 6: Measurements and Analyses

Due: Data collection done, e.g. recordings
Week 12
Apr 6 Transcription Exam II

Due: Measurement and Analysis Scheme
Week 13
Apr 13 Project Work
Complete analyses and work through conclusions
Step 7: Analyses and Figures
Week 14
Apr 20 Project Work
Due: Summary Figures
Step 8: Final Paper
Week 15
Apr 27 Project Work
Final Project Due!
Final Exam: Friday May 5, 10:00-12:00
***Please see the L541 course syllabus for all official requirements, grading procedures, and schedule.