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SPE8210 : MSc Phonetics II: Segment, Gesture and Prosody

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module serves as a foundation in instrumental, acoustic and advanced articulatory phonetics. The main aims are:
1. To further develop an understanding of articulatory phonetics and listening and transcription skills, building on what the students will have covered in year one.
2. To introduce the students to Acoustic Phonetics, the branch of phonetics that deals with the properties of sound waves.
3. Building upon theoretical foundations in speech production and perception, to enable students to use instrumental techniques for speech analysis, including clinical analysis of speech. The focus will be on spectrography since this is by far the most widely-used and versatile method.

In relation to HCPC Standards of Proficiency, this module addresses aspects of the following standards but is not the only module to do so:
5.1 understand the requirement to adapt practice to meet the needs of different groups and individuals
13.8 understand linguistics and phonetics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and all levels of typical processing
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
14.9 be able to analyse and critically evaluate the information collected
14.15 be able to use information and communication technologies appropriate to their practice

Outline Of Syllabus

This module introduces the students to instrumental techniques and covers:

1. Introduction into instrumental and acoustic phonetics
2. Sound and sound waves
3. Source and filter theory of speech production
4. Introduction to the software Praat that will be used for instrumental analyses of speech
5. Acoustic properties of sounds
6. Connected speech processes
7. Acoustic analysis in the assessment of consonants
8. Phonological assessment of vowels (bearing in mind dialectal differences)
9. Phonological assessment of prosody
10. Auditory phonetics and perception of speech
11. Acoustic analyses in the assessment of voice disorder

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 completion146:0046:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials161:0016:00Asynchronous lectures and skills based teaching (including two asynchronous lab session)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical91:009:00Online. Practice production, transcript and recognition of the IPA and the extended IPA sound system
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops91:009:00Synchronous on-line lab sessions,to allow indepth practice-instrumental techniques of speech sounds.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1120:00120:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge outcomes are addressed through asynchronous structured learning material (including lectuers) to introduce concepts, plus guided reading to allow students to follow these up in more depth.

Small group tutorials are used to enable intensive practice in practical phonetic skills through synchronous online teaching.

Lab practicals are used to familiarise the students with the use of instrumental analyses techniques through synchronous online teaching.

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
Aural Examination302A25Phonetic component 1 - Dictation
Oral Examination102A25Phonetics component 2 - Oral
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1A50Online. 2 quizzes-start of sem (wks1-2) = 10%. 2 homework within sem (20% each - 40%). 1 exam sub of 5 words with SSD in wk9(50%)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report1MLab report. 2 homework within semester for formative, spectrogram segmentation of analyses
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

All components of this module are 'essential' are to be passed to allow for progression.

The phonetics 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 phonetics transcription test (aural) assesses students' abilities to transcribe speech accurately using the IPA
conventions

The phonetics oral transcription test assesses the students’ abilities to produce the sounds of the IPA.

Reading Lists

Timetable