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Daniel R. Mccloy
LING 450
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Linguistic Phonetics

Introduction to the articulatory and acoustic correlates of phonological features. Issues covered include the mapping of dynamic events to static representations, phonetic evidence for phonological description, universal constraints on phonological structure, and implications of psychological speech-sound categorization for phonological theory. Prerequisite: either LING 200 or LING 400.

Class description

This is a course about speech sounds. The course covers the basic physics of sound transmission (acoustics), anatomy of the speech organs, how speech sounds are articulated, how to transcribe speech using the International Phonetic Alphabet, and how to analyse recorded speech scientifically.

Student learning goals

understand the basic physics of sound, and the unique properties of speech sounds as compared to other types of sound, and the basic features of human speech perception

understand the anatomical organization of the speech organs, how they interact to create speech sounds, and the proper terminology to describe speech articulation

know the International Phonetic Alphabet and how to use it to transcribe speech

be able to read and interpret primary literature in phonetics and language documentation

be able use software to analyse recorded speech and make systematic measurements of the speech signal

have some facility in producing the sounds of languages you have not previously studied

General method of instruction

Mostly lecture

Recommended preparation

An introductory linguistics course (Ling 200, 400, or similar)

Class assignments and grading

online homeworks & quizzes, labs involving analysis of recorded speech, research project about the sound system of a language that you have not previously studied.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Daniel R. Mccloy
Date: 06/18/2011