LANG 1028 The Sound of Language

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 102042

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Description The richness of information conveyed through spoken language owes its form to the combination and recombination of a small number of sounds. In this unit, students will learn the sounds of the world's languages (phonetics) and the ways in which they are combined to build words (phonology). Examples will be drawn from English, Australian Aboriginal languages, and a diverse range of languages spoken around the world. The unit includes an overview of Australian English phonetics and phonology.

School Humanities & Comm Arts

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Incompatible Subjects LANG 2045 - The Sound of Language

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Use the International Phonetic Alphabet to represent language sounds
  2. Analyse sound patterns in familiar and unfamiliar languages
  3. Read and summarize primary literature in the field of phonology
  4. Apply appropriate methods to conduct a small research project on phonological aspects of language.
  5. Use the International Phonetic Alphabet to represent language sounds.
  6. Analyse sound patterns in familiar and unfamiliar languages, especially in Australian English.
  7. Read and summarize primary literature in the field of phonology.
  8. Apply appropriate methods to conduct a small research project on phonological aspects of language.

Subject Content

. The fundamentals of articulatory phonetics including how to produce and transcribe the sounds of the world's languages
. A broad sampling of sound patterns in the worlds languages including examples from English and Aboriginal languages of Australia
. Theoretical framework and analytical tools for describing sound patterns in language
The fundamentals of articulatory phonetics including how to produce and transcribe the sounds of the world's languages.
A broad sampling of sound patterns in the worlds languages emphasising examples from Australian English and Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
Theoretical framework and analytical tools for describing sound patterns in language.

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Quizzes x 2 45 minutes each 40 N Individual
Problem sets x 2 approx 1,000 words each 20 N Individual
Final Project 2,500 words 40 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Reetz, H, and A. Jongman (2009). Phonetics: Transcription, Production, Acoustics, and Perception. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Odden, D. A. (2013). Introducing phonology. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Teaching Periods

2022 Semester 2

Bankstown

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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Parramatta - Victoria Rd

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Subject Contact Robert Mailhammer Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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