L541: Weekly Class Schedule
Spring 2017

Lecture: Mon & Wed 1:00 – 2:15

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Below is a schedule of topics, readings, and other resources connected to the lecture sections of L541.  This schedule is tentative, and may be updated throughout the semester.  I estimate that we will be 1 – 2 weeks behind schedule by the end of the semester, but I keep the schedule as it is, so our reach can exceed our grasp.  Or something. 


L541 Class Schedule

Week

Date(Mon)

Topic

Readings

Other Materials

 

1

Jan 9

Introduction: Obesrvation & Transcription

R&J, Ch. 1, Ch. 2

 Acoustics Illustration

Spectrograms

Playable Versions

 

2

Jan 16
(no class on Mon)

The IPA Basics
Supra-laryngeal physiology
 

R&J, Ch. 3.1 – 3.3,

Ch. 5.3

(L&M, Ch. 1)

The Same Thing

 

What is it?

 

What is IT?

 

3

Jan 23

Consonant and Vowel
Categorization

R&J, Ch. 4.3

 

Affricates

 

Vowel Articulation

 

Vowel Acoustics

 

IPA chart & keyboard

 

 

4

Jan 30

Vowels; Narrow Transcription
 

R&J, Ch. 3.4

Articulatory Classification of Vowels

Competing Structures

Vowels

Which vowel is it?

Which vowel is it (again)?

 

 

5

Feb 6

Principles of the IPA

 

 

 

 

IPA Principles

Notes on the IPA

 

VOT

My VOT

Postess

My Postess

Lateral Fricatives

Vowel Nasalization

Fricative Rounding

Frictiave Uh ...

Flapping

My Flapping

 

6

Feb 13

Exotic Consonants

R&J, Ch. 4.1 – 4.2, 4.4

IPA chart & keyboard

Fricatives

 

Trills

 

Rhotics

 

English Rhotic

 

 

7

Feb 20

Aerodynamics, Physiology and Function of the Pulmonic System

R&J, Ch. 5.1

(BHR, Ch. 4, sections on Respiration)

 

8

Feb 27
Mid-term
(Mar 1)

Laryngeal Physiology, States of the Glottis

R&J, Ch. 5.2, Ch. 6

(BHR, Ch. 4, sections on Phonation)

Review for Mid-term

 

Hypothetical Aerodynamic-Position State Space

 

 

 

9

March 6

Airstream Mechanisms and Laryngeal Contrasts, Tone

 R&J, Ch. 6

 

Click Inventory Example

 

 

Major Breath Group Juncture

 

10

March 20

Basic Acoustics; Source Filter Theory Acoustics of the Source;

R&J, Ch. 7

Johnson, Ch. 1 & 2

(BHR, Ch. 3  Acoustics)

Fixed Filter - Varied Source

 

Two Fixed Sources - Varied Filter

 

11

March 27

Resonance and the Filter

R&J, Ch. 8

Johnson, Ch. 4 & 5

(BHR Ch. 5 – Speech Production II)

Source: Voice Quality Variation

 

Synthetic Tone Examples

 

Perturbation Theory Image

 

American r Articulation

 

Articulatory Vowel Classification

 

Wood's Graphical Feature Diagram

 

 

12

April 3

Perturbation theory and the Acoustics of Vowels; Acoustics of Obstruents

R&J, Ch. 9

Johnson, Ch. 6 & 7

Stevens & House Nomograms

 

Stevens Consonant Place Nomogram

 

13

April 10

Articulatory to Acoustic Mapping and Spectrogram Reading

R&J, Ch. 10.

Johnson, Ch. 8 & 9

 

14

April 17

 

Problems with Transcription: Prosodic Structure

Linguistic Uses of Pitch; Duration, Juncture, and Stress

R&J, Ch. 11

Some Prosodic Terms

Notes on Intonation

English Intonational Matrix

 

Duration Modulation

 

15

April 24

Phonetic intent

 (Johnson, Sect. 3, BHR, Ch. 5, sections on Feedback & Models)

 

Final

 

Final: May 2 (Mon), 10:15 – 12:15

Review Questions

 

 

 

Note: R&J = Reetz & Jongman.  BHR = Borden, Harris, and Raphael. L&M = Ladefoged and Maddieson. L&M provides a comprehensive cross-linguistic description of the contrasts we discuss over the first 8 weeks, and is best used as a reference material for any particular set of contrasts one is wondering about. The introduction is also an excellent discussion of what the IPA is about.