Articulatory and Acoustic Phonetics

Subject AUDI90026 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

85 hours





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Colleen Holt


Speech Pathology

Melbourne School of Health Sciences

The University of Melbourne

Alan Gilbert Building, Level 7, 161 Barry St

Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA

T: +61 3 8344 4171

F: +61 3 8344 4188



Subject Overview:

This subject introduces the study of speech sounds and their perception. The course provides an introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet, and illustrates its uses as a transcription tool. The course will cover both broad and narrow transcription of speech. Students will be introduced to the acoustic analysis of speech sounds, and will gain an understanding of how the acoustic structure of sounds is related to their perception.

Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of this course students will:

  • use broad and narrow IPA to accurately transcribe spoken language
  • understand how speech sounds are produced in the vocal tract, the effect of the position of the articulators (tongue, lips, velum, etc.) on speech sounds and the acoustic principles underlying these effects
  • understand the acoustic features of different speech sounds as they relate to their production and auditory discrimination
  • understand the range of intensity, frequency and temporal components found in normal speech sounds and the effects of inter- and intra- speaker variations
  • understand the effect of intensity, background noise and reverberation on speech perception.

  • Series of short transcription tasks - one task due each week during Weeks 2 - 7 (5% x 5) - 25%
  • Broad transcription test - to be held in week 8 - 25%
  • A two hour written exam at the end of semester - Exam period- 50%

Hurdle requirement: Students must pass the broad transcription test and the written exam in order to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts:

Cox, F. (2012) Australian English: Pronunciation and transcription. New York: Cambridge University Press

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have:

  • well developed problem solving skills,
  • an ability to evaluate and synthesise information in a flexible manner
  • a capacity to articulate the knowledge gained in both oral and written
Related Course(s): Master of Speech Pathology

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