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SPE8028 : Phonological Acquisition (Inactive)

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce students who are interested in language development in general to the study of the child’s developing sound system and its relation to other aspects of the grammar, namely lexical and grammatical advance. The module explores what it means for a child to develop a phonological system from different theoretical approaches. The assumed earliest units of production and perception are explored and so is the input that the child receives and its role in phonological development.

Outline Of Syllabus

Theoretical approaches to phonological development (weeks 1-3)
      Formal models (structuralist; generative; non-linear phonology; prosodic phonology; OT)
      Functional models (biological; self-organising; emergentist; connectionist)

Segmenting the speech signal, and role of frequency within that (week 4)

Transition from babbling to early words (week 5)

Difference between phonetic and phonological development and within that, units of development (weeks 6-8)
Early phonological units: features, segments, syllables
The prosodic structure or early words
The role of attention, articulatory constraints, and the child’s own production

Single word versus later stages, including the transition to lexicon and grammar (week 9)

Longitudinal case studies vs Large scale normative studies (week 10)

Crosslinguistic studies of development and individual differences within the same language (week 11)

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1128:00128:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The mix of teaching methods is geared to develop knowledge of key theoretical concepts and enable to deliver practical elements of the programme

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study2M100Project work - 3,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The project requires the students to collect audio and/or visual recordings of child data, to demonstrate their ability to transcribe children’s speech and carry out word identification if needed, and to explore general trends and/or individual differences in child development. Students may also decide to carry out acoustic analyses on parts of the data in order to explore the acquisition of language-specific fine phonetic detail or to investigate crosslinguistic differences in children’s acquisition of comparable sound categories.

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