After completing this course, the student ...
· has acquired an introductory overview of present-day phonetics, regarding the production, the acoustics, and the perception of speech;
· has acquired knowledge, insights and skills in the basic concepts, principles, and research methods of phonetics;
· has acquired elementary skills in speech analysis: segmentation, annotation, for- mant analysis, and prosodic manipulations;
· has practiced the writing skills necessary to report practical research work.
This course is an introduction to the study of speech production speech acoustics, and speech perception, targeting first-year students in Linguistics, and other students interested in language and speech. Students will learn the most important topics in articulatory and acoustic phonetics, and speech perception. This includes intonation, tempo and rhythm in spoken language.
Questions that will come up for discussion are, e.g.:
• What is language, what is speech, and how do language and speech relate to each other?
• What is sound, and what is speech?
• How are speech sounds generated by the speech organs?
• What are the physical properties of sound, and how can speech be analyzed, altered, and synthesized using its physical properties?
• What are speech sounds, and how can we study them?
• How does the human ear function, and how are speech sounds perceived?
• What are melody and rhythm in speech, and what role do they play in speech communication?
• How do listeners recognize spoken words?
Early Exit option for international exchange students (5 ECTS)|
Exchange students who are required to return to their home university before January, are allowed to choose an Early Exit option for this course. The Early Exit option means that students can finish the course before Christmas break, receiving 5 ECTS for the course. Students must make arrangements with the course coordinator at the start of the course.