Phonetics II

The goal of this course is to give you the concepts and skills that you need to do "corpus phonetics": that is, to use modern resources and methods to create and analyze very large collections of speech material efficiently.

This approach applies in any area where the facts of speech production and perception are relevant. Phonetic facts may be related to levels of linguistic analysis from phonetics to pragmatics, and to basic or applied questions from many different fields -- theoretical linguistics, psychology, sociolinguistics, language teaching and learning, clinical diagnosis, speech technology, and even poetics and musicology. For some general discussion, see "Corpus Phonetics", Annual Review of Linguistics 2019.

We will focus mainly on production rather than perception, and on acoustics rather rather than articulation, but we will also sketch the application of similar methods to articulatory data, and we will explore analogous approaches to perceptual studies.

The course will be organized around three parallel tracks:

  1. Readings to introduce problems and types of solutions;
  2. Exercises to teach relevant techniques;
  3. Work on your own projects.

The details will depend to some extent on the background and goals of the participants in the course.

The course will meet MW 9:00-10:30 am, in the phonetics labs (3401 Walnut St., Suite 300C).

We'll use the Piazza site for discussion.