LIN 3201 - Sounds of Human Language
(Phonetics & Phonemics)
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
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to
do the following:
- accurately perceive and
phonetically transcribe speech from an unfamiliar language
- describe the articulatory
processes involved in producing speech sounds
- perform phonemic analysis on
- recognize and label common
- appreciate similarities among
phonetic/phonological systems of languages
REQUIRED TEXTS (available at Goerings):
- Needed Now:
- A Language Sampler
for Phonetics & Phonemics. by M.J. Hardman. Andean Press (1996)
- A Practical
Introduction to Phonetics. by J.C. Catford (1988).
- Needed Later:
- Workbook in Descriptive
Linguistics. by G.A. Gleason. Henry Holt & Company (1955;
- Phonemics. by Kenneth
Pike. Ann Arbor, University of Michigan (1947; frequent reprintings).
- Articulatory Phonetics.
by William A. Smalley (1980).
- Attendance at lectures
including the daily quizes.
- Listening to the Smalley
tapes in the Language Laboratory (Outside Turlington Hall).
- Computer assignments as
- Handing in assigned problems.
- Attendance at Drill Sessions
run by the Teaching Assistants.
- Final Exam
Spring 1997 Syllabus
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