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

Vowels
 

R&J, Ch. 3.4

Articulatory Classification of Vowels

Competing Structures

Vowels

Which vowel is it?

Which vowel is it (again)?

 

 

5

Feb 8

Narrow transcription and 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 15

Exotic Consonants

R&J, Ch. 4.1 – 4.2, 4.4

(BHR, Ch. 4, sections on Respiration)

IPA chart & keyboard

Fricatives

 

Trills

 

Rhotics

 

English Rhotic

 

 

7

Feb 22

Aerodynamics, Physiology and Function of the Pulmonic System

R&J, Ch. 5.1

 

8

Feb 29
Mid-term
(Mar 2)

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 7

Airstream Mechanisms and Laryngeal Contrasts

 R&J, Ch. 6

 

Click Inventory Example

 

 

Major Breath Group Juncture

 

10

March 21

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 28

Resonance and the Filter

R&J, Ch. 8

Johnson, Ch. 2

(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 4

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 11

Articulatory to Acoustic Mapping and Spectrogram Reading

R&J, Ch. 10.

Johnson, Ch. 8 & 9

 

14

April 18

 

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 25

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.