Syllabus Overview for HCD-551-DL Phonetic Transcription and Introduction to Acoustic Phonetics

3 Credits

Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Course Materials

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Topics You Will Study

  • International Phonetic Alphabet including diacritics to encode the details of speech with precision
  • Complete sound inventory of spoken English
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the articulators of speech
  • Parameters to characterize vowel phonemes
  • Place, Manner, and Voicing for the consonants of spoken English
  • How to transcribe typical, disordered, and accented speech
  • Features of connected speech like co-articulation, stress, intonation, and vowel reduction
  • Phonological processes children demonstrate while acquiring spoken language
  • Idiosyncratic processes affecting children with phonological disorders
  • Parameters of acoustic signals as they relate to language transmission
  • Symbols that represent foreign sounds
  • Patterns that characterize various accents and dialects

Meets ASHA Knowledge and Skill Standards for

  • Standard IV-B: Demonstrate knowledge of basic human communication processes including the appropriate biological, neurological, acoustic, physiological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural bases.
  • Standard IV-C: The applicant must have demonstrated knowledge of communication disorders and differences, including the appropriate etiologies, characteristics, anatomical/physiological, acoustic, psychological, developmental, linguistic and cultural correlates in the following areas: Articulation; Voice and resonance, including respiration and phonation; Hearing
  • Standard IV-D: For each of the areas specified in Standard IV-C, the applicant must have demonstrated current knowledge of the methods of prevention, assessment, and intervention for people with communication disorders, including consideration of anatomical/physiological, psychological, developmental, and linguistic and cultural correlates.

General Course Activities/How to Plan Your Time

Work is organized and distributed over a 7-day instructional week
Nearly all activities are asynchronous—there are no required class meeting times. Opportunities for face-to-face meetings with your instructor will be available by appointment. This format allows flexibility so you can fit the following course learning activities into your schedule:
  • Readings
  • Video tutorials
  • Practice exercises
  • Self-assessment exercises
  • Weekly discussions applying the week’s major concepts
  • Transcription Assignments
  • Case Studies of disordered and accented speech
  • Quizzes and final exam
Most students dedicate 10-15 hours/week to the course.

Technology Requirements

This course uses the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L.)  D2L integrates text, video, and audio. Before enrolling in the course, review the D2L system recommendations.

Face-to-face meetings with the instructor are typically conducted via Zoom.

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