An acoustic curriculum for a phonetics course

Robert Port


Any course teaching introductory linguistic phonetics at the
graduate level must include some discussion of the acoustics of speech even though acoustic phonetics may not be a major topic of the course. This poses a serious problem since such a course must also devote considerable time to traditional articulatory phonetics, yet the students who enter graduate programs in linguistics normally have a minimal background in mathematics and physics, Thus the instructor cannot breeze through a conventional mathematical presentation of basic acoustics and expect the students to really understand sound and the acoustic theory of speech production.



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