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Seminar on Expressive Prosody (PLIN0041)

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 intermediate knowledge of concepts in phonetics and phonology is presupposed.

Alternative credit options

There are no alternative credit options available for this module.

Description

The course will survey a wide range of topics on expressive speech prosody, covering linguistic prosody, information structure, emotional and attitudinal expressions, sexual dimorphism, charisma and attractiveness. We will also discuss relations between expressive prosody and music, and disorders such as Autism and aprosodia. These topics will be examined from both linguistic and evolutionary perspectives. There will be alternation of lectures and seminars. Each seminar will consist of 2-3 sessions, each led by a single or a small group of students reporting their findings on a number of papers assigned a week in advance. The assignment of papers will be accompanied by a number of guiding questions that focus on the critical issues.

The main module aims are:

-To expose students to speech-related theories beyond core phonetics and phonology

-To engage students in debates over the strength and weaknesses of these theories 

The main module objectives are:

-To gain an evolutionary perspective of human speech through the examination of expressive prosody

-To gain an appreciation of the coherent links between different aspects of human speech 

Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year

Intended teaching term: Term 1     Postgraduate (FHEQ Level 7)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Face-to-face
Methods of assessment
100% Essay (3,000 words)
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
1
Module leader
Professor Yi Xu
Who to contact for more information
pals.lingteachingoffice@ucl.ac.uk

Intended teaching term: Term 1     Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 6)

Teaching and assessment

Mode of study
Face-to-face
Methods of assessment
100% Essay (3000 words)
Mark scheme
Numeric Marks

Other information

Number of students on module in previous year
13
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.