Experimental Phonetics

Subject LING40008 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2.5 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

2.5 contact hours/week, an additional 8 hours/week. Total of 10.5 hours per week.


LING20005 - Phonetics or equivalent



Recommended Background Knowledge:

If not admitted to Honours or PG Diploma in Linguistics or Applied Linguistics, students are recommended to have contacted the subject coordinator prior to enrolling in the subject.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Subject Overview:

This subject involves the instrumental study of spoken language. Students should become familiar with basic techniques commonly used to analyse the acoustics and articulation of sound sequences, and prosody (eg. stress and intonation).The relationship of these techniques to current models of speech production and perception and laboratory phonology.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Understanding the use of different experimental techniques in phonetic science.
  • Developing skills in instrumental phonetic analysis of spoken language.
  • have acquired computer literacy through use of IT in accoustic and articulatory analyses of spoken language.

Written work totalling 5000 words.

Prescribed Texts:

Phonetic Data Analysis (Ledefoged, P.) Blackwell

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have acquired skill in observation and attention to detail through anaylsis of phonetics data.
  • have strengthened their computer literacy through use of IT in acoustic and auditory analysis of spoken language.
  • have improved their ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

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