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Sharon Hargus
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 class is an introduction to the phonetics of spoken languages, covering articulatory phonetics, acoustics, and basic phonology.

Student learning goals

• become familiar with the anatomy of the vocal tract and the terminology used to describe speech articulations

• acquire a good working knowledge of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and be able to use it to transcribe speech

• practice producing some of the sounds of the world’s languages

understand basic acoustic theory as it relates to speech sounds •

learn how to use software to analyze speech sounds •

grasp the ways in which speech sounds can vary, and be able to assess patterns in variation to perform basic phonological analysis

General method of instruction

lecture, small group discussion

Recommended preparation

LING 200 or equivalent

Class assignments and grading

Grades will be based on on-line, multiple-choice homework and quizzes; in-class exams; measurement based homework and essay write-up; in-class discussion/participation

points assigned on the basis of correctness


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 Sharon Hargus
Date: 05/28/2013