Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

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.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

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 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

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