LING2002 Phonetics and Phonology: the Sounds of the World's Languages

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Linguistics major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit introduces the principles and methods of phonology and those aspects of phonetics relevant to phonology. Topics include articulatory and acoustic phonetics; phonetic transcription; the distinctive feature framework; phonological alternations; phonological rule formalisms; phonological representations; and the relationship between phonology, morphology and syntax.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the production of speech sounds and their diversity in human languages; (2) demonstrate an understanding of major issues in phonetic description and transcription; and (3) demonstrate an understanding of how universalist models of the sound component of human language attempt to represent the possible patterns of sounds within languages, including how phonetic distinctions are used to encode differences in meaning.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) assignments; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Luisa Miceli
Unit rules
Either LING1002 Language as a Cognitive System
LING1102 Language as a Cognitive System,
LING1001 Language and Communication
LING1101 Language and Communication
LING2201 Phonetics and Phonology
Contact hours
Up to 3 hours per week over 12 weeks.
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