LIN 3201 - Sounds of Human Language

(Phonetics & Phonemics)

Dr. M.J.Hardman
FALL 2001
M W F 6
AND 19


Human languages contain a wide variety of sounds. The main goal of this course is to enable students to recognize speech sounds employed in many of the world's languages, to understand how they are produced, and to be able to phonetically transcribe these sounds. We also study the patterning and function of sounds in languages of the world, doing in-class research on an unfamiliar language to apply the methods of analyzing a language's sound system.


Upon completion of this course, students should be able to do the following:

  1. accurately perceive and phonetically transcribe speech from an unfamiliar language
  2. describe the articulatory processes involved in producing speech sounds
  3. perform phonemic analysis on phonetic data
  4. recognize and label common phonological processes
  5. appreciate similarities among phonetic/phonological systems of languages

REQUIRED TEXTS (available at Goerings):



Spring 1997 Syllabus

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