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Richard A. Wright
LING 453
Seattle Campus

Experimental Phonetics

Examines phonetic and phonological aspects of spoken language using experimental methods. Focuses on acoustic phonetics and speech perception. Significant time devoted to experimental design and hands-on data analysis techniques. Prerequisite: LING 451.

Class description

Techniques in experimental phonetics and laboratory phonology, experimental design, acoustic analysis of speech sounds. Meets writing course requirement.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures, discussions, lab meetings

Recommended preparation

Familiarity with basic phonetics skills for all sounds in general IPA set (not just English): Ladefoged's "Course in Phonetics" is a good review. Familiatiry with basic acoustics concepts as they apply to speech signals: Ladefoged's "Vowels and Consonants" and "Course in Phonetics" ch. 8 are good reviews.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly reading assignments, excercises, extensive laboratory assignments, term project where students design and pilot an experiment that tests a phonetic or phonological hypothesis of their choosing.

Class participation < class assignments < labs < quizzes < final project


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 Richard A. Wright
Date: 09/23/2009