L541: Weekly Class Schedule
Spring 2016

Lecture: Mon & Wed 11:15 – 12:30

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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 11

Introduction: Obesrvation & Transcription

R&J, Ch. 1, Ch. 2

 Acoustics Illustration

Spectrograms

Playable Versions

 

2

Jan 18
(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 25

Consonant and Vowel
Categorization

R&J, Ch. 4.3

 

Affricates

 

Vowel Articulation

 

Vowel Acoustics

 

IPA chart & keyboard

 

 

4

Feb 1

Narrow transcription
 

R&J, Ch. 3.4

Articulatory Classification of Vowels

Competing Structures

Vowels

VOT

My VOT

Postess

My Postess

Flapping

My Flapping

Lateral Fricatives

Which vowel is it?

Which vowel is it (again)?

 

 

5

Feb 8

Exotic Consonants

R&J, Ch. 4.1 – 4.2, 4.4

(BHR, Ch. 4, sections on Respiration)

IPA Principles

 

6

Feb 15

Aerodynamics, Physiology and Function of the Pulmonic System

R&J, Ch. 5.1

(BHR, Ch. 4, sections on Phonation)

 

7

Feb 22

Laryngeal Physiology, Airstream Mechanisms and Laryngeal Contrasts

R&J, Ch. 5.2, Ch. 6

Notes on Intonation

Notes on the IPA

 

8

Feb 29
Mid-term
(Mar 2)

Problems with Transcription: Prosodic Structure

R&J, Ch. 11

 

9

March 7

Linguistic Uses of Pitch; Duration, Juncture, and Stress

 

 

 

Major Breath Group Juncture

 

10

March 21

Basic Acoustics; Source Filter Theory

R&J, Ch. 7

Johnson, Ch. 1 & 2 (BHR, Ch. 3  Acoustics)

 

11

March 28

Acoustics of the Source; Resonance

R&J, Ch. 8

Johnson, Ch. 4 & 5,

(BHR Ch. 5 – Speech Production II)

 

12

April 4

Perturbation theory and the Acoustics of Vowels; Acoustics of Obstruents

R&J, Ch. 9

Johnson, Ch. 6 & 7

 

13

April 11

Articulatory to Acoustic Mapping and Spectrogram Reading

R&J, Ch. 10.1 – 10.3 Johnson, Sect. 8

 

14

April 18

Quantitative analysis and variability
Handling data

R&J, Ch. 10.4

' Notes on Articulation' - readings packet

 

15

April 25

Phonetic intent

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

 

Final

 

Final: May 2 (Mon), 10:15 – 12:15

 

 

 

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.