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Phonetic Theory (PLIN0021)

Key information

Faculty
Faculty of Brain Sciences
Teaching department
Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Credit value
15
Restrictions
This is an advanced level module and students are expected to have basic knowledge of phonetics, as provided for example by PLIN0061 and PLIN0062 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology A and B.

Alternative credit options

There are no alternative credit options available for this module.

Description

This module will present a critical examination of a number of theoretical issues in phonetic research, with focus on exploring how human speech can effectively transmit multiple layers of communicative meanings through an articulation process. It will cover issues relating to coarticulation, distinctive features, timing and coordination, speech acquisition and social and emotional interactions, and demonstrate how they are mechanistically interrelated based on an articulatory-functional view of speech. An emphasis will be put on the latest findings about tone and intonation, and how they are related to the segmental aspect of speech. Also will be discussed is research methodology in terms of its importance for the theoretical development in phonetic science. There will be both lectures and laboratory sessions.

The main module objectives are:
• To provide students with knowledge about the state of the art in phonetics research.
• To help students develop an understanding of the relationship between sound and message in human speech in terms of the underlying mechanisms of production, perception, acquisition and social interactions.
• To introduce students with various models and theories of tone, intonation, the syllable and coarticulation.

Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year

Intended teaching term: Term 2     Postgraduate (FHEQ Level 7)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Face-to-face
Methods of assessment
25% Coursework (1000 Words)
25% Coursework (1000 Words)
50% Essay (2000 Words)
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
11
Module leader
Professor Yi Xu
Who to contact for more information
pals.lingteachingoffice@ucl.ac.uk

Intended teaching term: Term 2     Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 6)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Face-to-face
Methods of assessment
25% Coursework 1
25% Coursework 2
50% Coursework 3
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
20
Module leader
Professor Yi Xu
Who to contact for more information
pals.lingteachingoffice@ucl.ac.uk

Last updated

This module description was last updated on 5th March 2020.