The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


The linguistic study of speech sounds on a phonetic basis. It provides a detailed analysis and description of speech sounds, with particular emphasis on articulatory phonetics, with considerable attention also given to acoustic phonetics.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): LING3006. Students who have successfully completed LING3006 are not eligible to enrol in LING2006.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe in detail the articulatory phonetics (i.e. pronunciation)of speech sounds from a range of languages and from disordered speech.

2. Identify speech sounds from audio samples of speech from a range of language sources.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the instrumental acoustic analysis of speech sounds in theory and practice (i.e. measuring their physical properties).

4. Interpret spectrograms (voiceprints) in order to analyse acoustic features of speech sounds.


An introduction to the analysis and description of speech sounds, with particular emphasis on articulatory phonetics and considerable attention given to acoustic phonetics. Data will be taken from English and from a range of typologically diverse languages, as well as from disordered speech.


This course replaces LING3006. If you have successfully completed LING3006 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

LING1111 or equivalent introduction to Phonetics.

Assessment items

In Term Test: Class Examination (20%)

Professional Task: Professional Task 1 (25%)

Professional Task: Professional task 2 (20%)

Formal Examination: Closed Book Examination (35%)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks