Experimental Phonetics

Subject LING40008 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 30 hours- 1 x 2.5 hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment:

Total of 170 hours


Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1


Recommended Background Knowledge:

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

Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Prof Janet Fletcher


Email: janetf@unimelb.edu.au

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:

On successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • Understand the use of different experimental techniques in phonetic science;
  • developed 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

Hurdle requirement: Students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to pass this subject. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Note: Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per working day. In-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:

Phonetic Data Analysis (Ledefoged, P.) Blackwell

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete this subject should have:

  • acquired skill in observation and attention to detail through anaylsis of phonetics data;
  • strengthened their computer literacy through use of IT in acoustic and auditory analysis of spoken language;
  • improved their ability to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) - Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
PC-ARTS Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
PD-ARTS Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

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