Subject LING20005 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 2 hours of lectures per week and a 1 hour practical class. There will be no practical in the first and last weeks of semester.
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours.





Recommended Background Knowledge:

Some prior study in Linguistics & Applied Linguistics is desirable, e.g. a first year LING 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 Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Prof Janet Fletcher


Subject Overview:

This subject involves the study of the sound distinctions occurring in human languages, such as basic articulatory, acoustic and auditory phonetics. Students should develop skills in perceiving, articulating, and transcribing speech sounds. Students should also learn how to interpret sound spectrograms and how acoustic phonetic techniques can be used to supplement traditional phonetic transcription.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete this subject will:

  • Understand and be able to identify the different sounds of the world’s languages.
  • Become familiar with phonetic transcription and basic acoustic phonetics.
  • Deepen their understanding of language and phonetic theory through exposure to a range of different speech sound contrasts used in a wide variety of languages
  • Broaden and apply practical research skills utilizing a variety of speech resources and develop awareness of intellectual integrity and research ethics in phonetic research.
  • Further hone analytical skills through ear-training and transcription training
  • Participate in individual and group-based data-related activities within and outside the classroom
  • Assignment 1: Phonetic Transcription 1 due Thursday 10th April (Week 6) [20%]
  • Assignment 2: Phonetic Transcription 2 due Thursday 12th May (Week 11) [20%]
  • Phonetic Transcription test during the examination period [10%]
  • Phonetic Production test in week 12 [10%]
  • Final Examination during the examination period [40%]

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 75% attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

“A course in phonetics” Peter Ladefoged and Keith Johnson 2015

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have acquired skill in observation and attention to detail through tutorial and assignment preparation, and examination revision.
  • have strengthened their computer literacy through use of IT in acoustic and auditory analyses of spoken language.
  • have improved their ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically through tutorial preparation and participation and assignment preparation.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: English Language Studies
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Related Breadth Track(s): Linguistics: Language Structure and Analysis

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