Module Catalogue 2024/25

SEL3431 : Laboratory Phonology

SEL3431 : Laboratory Phonology

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Niamh Kelly
  • Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
  • Capacity limit: 60 student places

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Code Title
SEL1027Introduction to the Structure of Language 1: Phonetics, Phonology & Morphology
SEL2000Phonological Theory
Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



This module aims to develop students’ research skills by bringing together phonological theory and experimental techniques. The module will cover skills related to reading literature in Laboratory Phonology, becoming familiar with experimental techniques in the field, and designing experiments.

Outline Of Syllabus

This course examines the relationship between phonological theory and experiments. The specific topics covered will vary from year to year. The topics covered may include one or more of the following: intonation and prosody, phonation, speech perception, typological patterns in phonology, computational linguistics, statistical techniques, among others. A detailed schedule will be provided at the start of the module.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

An understanding of the aims, methods, and concepts of the theories studied relative to the issues covered.
A facility with the technical vocabulary of phonetics and phonology.
An ability to evaluate the empirical content of hypotheses concerning phonological theory and experimental techniques.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Analysis and interpretation of data.
Acoustic analysis of speech recordings.
Research and writing skills.
Constructive argumentation and critical evaluation of results in a phonological framework.
Learning to deal with counterevidence and complex argumentation.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading140:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudySkills practice150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study127:0027:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
SEL8691Advanced Topics in Phonology
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

LECTURES are based on DIRECTED RESEARCH AND READING and focus primarily on the introduction and review of key concepts needed for the module. The reading material requires INDEPENDENT STUDY, which is consolidated through participation in class. Seminars (small group teaching) focus on SKILLS PRACTICE by combining data analysis and the concepts introduced in the reading materials and lectures. Likewise, the final research paper combines both practice and theory.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Research paper2A752500-3000 words
Practical/lab report2M251000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The practical/lab report will practice acoustic analysis and writing up, which will provide students with skills in speech analysis/and or data analysis. This will prepare students for the research paper.
The research paper brings together problem-solving, technical, and theoretical skills built throughout the module.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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