THE SOUNDS OF THE WORLD'S LANGUAGES

LIN2SOL

2020

Credit points: 15

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Subject outline

This subject examines the speech sounds of world's languages, including variation and change in the sounds. Students will learn how to describe and analyse language sounds, and will work with a speaker to document their language. The subject is practical in focus with lots of application of theory to data. Topics covered include the production of sounds, prosody, speech perception and accents in World Englishes.


SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMarija Tabain

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites LIN1IML, or subject coordinator's approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LIN2PHP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA course in phonetics. 7th edRecommendedPeter Ladefoged & Keith JohnsonWadsworth
ReadingsA practical introduction to phonetics (2nd edition).PrescribedJ. C. CatfordOxford University Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Describe language sounds with appropriate terminology, perceive and produce differences in language sounds and have a working familiarity with the International Phonetic Alphabet, as evidenced in the completion of activities utilizing these skills.

Activities:
Workshop participation, lecture participation, minor assignment, major project, production and perception tests
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Understand language as a potential world-wide resource, not the property of any group, demonstrated in the capability to describe social and regional variation scientifically.

Activities:
Workshop participation, lecture participation, minor assignment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Apply theoretical understandings to problems relating to phonetics

Activities:
Major project, production and perception tests
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Speaking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Study and Learning Skills)

04. Independently apply ideas of speech and accent to new datasets and analyse the sound system of an unfamiliar language

Activities:
Minor assignment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Creative Problem-solving,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Study and Learning Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMarija Tabain

Class requirements

Lecture/Seminar Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours lecture/seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Production test (800 words equivalent)20 01, 04
Major project (1400 words equivalent)35 01, 03, 04
Perception test (600 words equivalent)15 01, 02, 03, 04
Minor assignment (800 words equivalent)20 01, 02, 04
Phonetic symbols test (400 words equivalent)10 01