SPE8210 : Phonetics II: Segment, Gesture and Prosody

  • Offered for Year: 2013/14
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jalal-eddin Al-Tamimi
  • Other Staff: Dr Ghada Khattab
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To build on the material presented in SPE8103 and provide students with knowledge of some new areas of phonetics as well as deepening knowledge in some areas already covered.

This module contributes to a degree qualification in MSc in Language Pathology leading to a vocational qualification in Speech and Language Therapy.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Introduction into instrumental and acoustic phonetics
2.       Sound and sound waves
3.       Source and filter theory of speech production
4.       Introduction to Praat
5.       Acoustic properties of sounds
6.       Connected speech processes
7.       Acoustic analysis in the assessment of consonants
8.       Phonological assessment of vowels
9.       Phonological assessment of prosody

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion142:0042:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1120:00120:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures are used for focused communication of new information which will facilitate students' self-directed learning activity.

Small group tutorials are used to enable intensive practice in practical phonetic skills.

Lab practicals are used to familiarise the students with the use of instrumental analyses techniques

n.b. a certain amount of practical phonetics will be covered in the lectures/seminars, and students will be assigned a significant amount of self-directed material in this area via the WWW.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Design/Creative proj1M505000 words for a group of 3 or 6000 for a group of 4.
Practical/lab report2M50Practical
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Group project – 50%

Practical – 50%

-       the group project requires students to use their knowledge of articulatory and acoustic properties of speech to perform a spectrogram segmentation while taking into account linguistic and social variability in speech.
-       the written transcription test assesses students' abilities to transcribe speech accurately using the IPA conventions
-       the oral transcription test assesses the students’ abilities to produce the sounds of the IPA.

Reading Lists