LING-414 Sociophonetics
Spring for 2017-2018

This course is a theoretical and practical introduction to studying the phonetic aspects of sociolinguistic variation and the social significance of phonetic variation. The first part of the course will focus on the acoustic analysis of conversational speech, with attention paid to the particular challenges that arise in dealing with non-citation-form data collected in the field. In the second part of the course, we will turn to the experimental study of speech perception and social factors, and then consider how phonetic change over the lifespan may be studied using both field- and lab-based methodologies. Finally, we will discuss the implications of sociophonetic variation for phonological theory. Students will develop skills throughout this course that will enable them to make appropriate methodological choices when planning research projects in sociophonetics, to use tools such as ELAN, PRAAT, FAVE, and NORM to facilitate data processing, and to critically evaluate (socio)phonetic studies of language.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: LING 410 (Phonetics) or equivalent, or permission of the instructor
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