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Richard A. Wright
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

Speech sounds, mechanism of their production, and structuring of sounds in language. Intro to the basic tools of Phonetics: transcription, articulatory description, acoustic description.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion.

Recommended preparation

This class assumes a basic knowledge of linguistic terms as taught in the prerequisites. There is a significant amount of reading from the textbook and from a class reader. There are many small assignments, transcriptions, and weekly labs.

Class assignments and grading

Short answer and fill in the blank assignments to aid in readings (daily). Longer laboratory assignments with short answers and sometimes graphs (weekly). Graduate students are expected to choose the final project option.

Homework and reading: 20% Labs: 20% Transcriptions: 10% Quizzes (2): 20% Final exam/Final project: 30%


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: 12/27/2005