Fall for 2017-2018
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This course is designed as a one-semester graduate-level introduction to the basics of phonetics and phonology, that is, to the linguistic analysis of the sound patterns of the languages of the world. It is divided into four sections:
1. Articulatory phonetics (how speech sounds are made)
2. Acoustic phonetics (how sound travels and how sound is measured)
3. Segmental phonology (how sounds contrast and alternate)
4. Suprasegmental phonology (how sounds are grouped into hierarchical constituents)
At the end of the class, students will have learned the terms and concepts central to phonology and phonetics, and will have acquired basic data analysis skills (including IPA transcription, recording and basic acoustic analysis, and approaches to solving phonology problems), and will be prepared to move on to more advanced courses. In order to accomplish these goals, students will participate in daily production and transcription drills and complete daily homework assignments to reinforce concepts and skills. There will be four (non-cumulative) quizzes, one for each quarter of the course.
Prerequisites and course sequencing:
This course has no prerequisites, but is itself prerequisite for all other graduate-level courses in phonology and phonetics. Ling410, Phonology and Phonetics I, is the first in a three-course sequence.
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