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LIN B09 - Phonetics: The Study of Speech Sounds

University of Toronto at Scarborough, Fall 2000

MWF 10


The physiological and acoustic bases of speech.

An examination of the means by which speech sounds are produced, and of the physical properties of these sounds. Emphasis will be placed on such practical considerations as phonetic transcription. We will discuss material from the prescribed readings and problems which are to be solved.

Exclusion: LIN228H
Prerequisite: LINA01Y

Textbook: Henry Rogers. The Sounds of Language: An Introduction to Phonetics. New York: Longman, 2000.

Course fee: $2 (for handouts)

Classrooms: Mondays H-310; Wendesdays and Fridays B-382 (a.k.a. R-3205B)



Instructor


Instructor: Daniel Currie Hall



Evaluation



DateItemWeight
periodic

Homework exercises

18%

Oct. 2

Articulation quiz 1 - English sounds

6%

Oct. 13

Term test 1 - Vocal anatomy and English sounds

12%

Nov. 1

Term test 2 - Acoustics

12%

Nov. 17

Project

10%

Nov. 27

Articulation quiz 2 - All sounds

6%

Dec. 13

Final exam

36%

Homework exercises will be assigned on Fridays, collected on the following Wednesdays, and returned and discussed on the following Fridays.

Articulation quizzes involve transcribing and pronouncing nonsense words using the sounds and symbols learned in class.

The requirements for the project were discussed in class on Friday, October 20.

Term tests and articulation quizzes will take place during regular class hours. The final exam will be held on Wednesday, December 13, 2-4 p.m., in room H-214.


The University Grading Practices Policy states that "[g]rades should always be based on the approved grade scales. However, students may find that on any one evaluation they may receive a numerical or letter mark that reflects the score achieved on the test or essay. The cumulative scores may not be directly identified with the final grade. Grades are final only after review by the divisional review committee."


Students with a disability or health consideration are encouraged to approach Tina Doyle, Coordinator, and/or the AccessAbility Services Office at 287-7560. They can also drop by the office, S-302B, inside the Resource Centre. The Coordinator is available by appointment to assess specific needs, provide referrals and arrange appropriate accommodations.



Outline



  • Vocal anatomy and terminology
    • Anatomy of the vocal tract
    • Articulatory descriptions of sounds
  • The sounds of English
    • English consonants
    • English vowels
    • English suprasegmentals
    • Phonetic variation in English dialects
  • Acoustic phonetics
    • The mechanics of sound
    • Acoustic properties of speech sounds
  • Sounds of languages other than English
    • Places of articulation
    • Manners of articulation
    • Tone, intonation, and stress
    • Phonation and airstreams




Schedule



Monday
Tues.
Wednesday
Thurs.
Friday
Sept. 11
First day of classes
introduction
12


13 - chapter 1

vocal anatomy
14


15 - ch. 2

articulatory description
18 - ch. 3

English consonants
19


20 - ch. 3

English consonants
21


22

tutorial
25 - ch. 4

English vowels
26


27 - ch. 5

English suprasegmentals
28


29

tutorial
Oct. 2

Articulation Quiz 1
3


4 - ch. 6

dialect variation
5


6

tutorial
9
Thanksgiving Day
no classes
10


11

review
12


13

Test 1
16 - ch. 7

mechanics of sound
17


18

production and perception
19


20

tutorial
23 - ch. 8

acoustics of speech
24


25 - ch. 8

acoustics of speech
26


27

tutorial in L-204
30

review
31


Nov. 1

Test 2
2


3

tutorial
6 - ch. 10

place of articulation
7


8 - ch. 11

manner of articulation
9


10

tutorial
13 - ch. 9
Exam schedule posted
vowels and glides
14


15 - ch. 14

stress, tone, and intonation
16


17

Projects due
20 - ch. 12

phonation
21


22 - ch. 13

airstreams
23


24

tutorial
27

Articulation Quiz 2
28


29

auditory phonetics
30


Dec. 1

tutorial
4
Last day of classes
review
Dec. 5-8
Study Break

Dec. 11-20
Examination Period

Examination for this course: Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2-4 p.m., room H-214

Last day to add fall courses: September 24   ·   Last day to drop fall courses: November 5




Links



Scarborough:

University of Toronto at Scarborough

Division of Humanities

Linguistics

Downtown:

University of Toronto

Department of Linguistics

Daniel C. Hall


Fonts:

IPAPhon by Hank Rogers

Fonts from SIL

Programs:

Phthong (transcription practice)

Interactive Sagittal Section

Reference:

International Phonetic Alphabet

Lexicon of Linguistics

International Phonetic Association

The Linguist List

Canadian Linguistic Association

Linguistic Links (U. of Rochester)

Acoustic Phonetics Links