An acoustic curriculum for a phonetics course

Robert Port

Abstract


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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pedagogy

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