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SPE8151 : MSc Phonetics I

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

This module aims to provide students with an introduction to the study of phonetics. It is devoted to learning about the human vocal mechanism, the sounds it can produce, and how those sounds can be classified, in order to investigate how different groups of speakers use sounds differently and to look at how phonetics plays an important role in speech therapy.

Objectives:
1. to introduce the basic principles of sound production and perception;
2. to give practice in categorising, producing, and transcribing all the sounds of the world’s languages in isolation and connected speech, in typical and disordered speech;
3. to introduce the sound system of English and the main phonotactic and phonological rules;
4. to raise awareness of sociolinguistic variation in English and examine differences across accents, to enable them to be transcribed using narrow phonetic transcription.

In relation to HCPC Standards of Proficiency, this module addresses aspects of the following standards (in some cases when combined with other modules):
3.3 understand both the need to keep skills and knowledge up to date and the importance of career-long learning
5.1 understand the requirement to adapt practice to meet the needs of different groups and individuals
8.5 be aware of the characteristics and consequences of verbal and non-verbal communication and how this can be affected by factors such as age, culture, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status and spiritual or religious beliefs.
13.1 understand the structure and function of the human body, together with knowledge of health, disease, impairment, and dysfunction relevant to their profession.
13.8 understand linguistics and phonetics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and all levels of typical processing
13.11 understand sociology in relation to the practice of speech and language therapy, including its application to educational, health and workplace settings and within multi-cultural societies
14.7 be able to administer, record, score and interpret a range of published and self-generated assessment tools to describe and analyse service users’ abilities and needs using, where appropriate, phonetic transcription, linguistic analysis, instrumental analysis and psycholinguistic assessment (covered throughout the programme)
14.9 be able to analyse and critically evaluate the information collected

Outline Of Syllabus

Most of the first semester is devoted to learning about the human vocal mechanism, the sounds it can produce, & how those sounds can be classified. In tutorials you will learn to distinguish & produce most the sounds of the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), using examples from a wide range of languages, & many accents of English.

Semester 1:

Week 1 Introduction to phonetics. Speech and writing; The IPA and transcription Week 2 Consonants: place of articulation

Week 3 Consonants: manner of articulation; complex articulations

Week 4 Phonation, aspiration and VOT

Week 5 Initiation: airstream mechanisms, non-pulmonic consonants; Cardinal vowels and vowel quadrilateral

Week 6 Connected speech processes

Week 7 Sound system of English; Introduction to Sociophonetics I

Week 8 Sociophonetics II: regional accents transcription

Week 9 Lexical sets



Semester 2 work builds on the articulatory foundations of Semester 1, focusing on how speech sounds are used in fluent speech, & how different groups of speakers use sounds differently.



Semester 2:

Week 1 Introduction to Phonology

Week 2 Phonotactics: syllables, features, features in SLT Week 3 Prosody and Intonation I

Week 4 Phonological assessment of disordered speech

Week 5 Phonological cases I

Week 6 Phonological cases II

Week 7 IPA transcription and production

Week 8 IPA transcription and production

Week 9 IPA revision

In relation to the RCSLT curriculum guidance, the module covers aspects related to phonetics and linguistics (4.4.1) including phonetics and clinical application, general linguistics and clinical applications (phonology) and sociolinguistics.

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials261:0026:00Asynchronous lectures (13 semester 1, 13 semester 2)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical91:009:00Face to face practicals (4 in semester 1, 5 in semester 2)
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities101:0010:00Guided technical exercises and critical reading activities (5 semester 1 and 5 semester 2)
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials introduce new material and facilitate self-directed learning; Academic skills activities enable students to practice transcription and carry out phonetic analyses of various accents and phonological profiles. Practicals are designed to for the students to practice phonetic skills.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Lab exercise601A20Four online quizzes in canvas. Short fortnightly online quizzes worth 5% each
Written Examination602A30Phonetic Dictation - IN-HOUSE CLASS TEST organised by School
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M504000 words for a group of 2 or 5000 for a group of 3.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The short online quizzes assess knowledge of key principles of phonetic analysis
The group project requires students to exercise objective listening skills, and to explore their understanding of the factors that govern variability in speech.
The May class test assesses students' abilities to transcribe isolated and running speech accurately using the IPA conventions.

Reading Lists

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