PHYL5513 Speech, Language and Communication

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit presents an overview for audiologists of speech and language development, from early childhood through to adulthood, and relates it to difficulties associated with impaired hearing. Alternative communication systems (e.g. sign language) are also presented. Topics include the production of speech sounds, basic physiological linguistics, linguistic organisation, acoustic phonetics, phoniatrics, sonograms, normal loudness, pitch and timing perception, masking in speech perception, developmental milestones, speech and language development in normal and hearing-impaired children, auditory perception (in children and adults), psychological effects, effects on reading and general education, artificial speech, Makaton, Auslan and signed English.
Students are able to (1) deconstruct principles of acoustic phonetics, including the production of vowels, consonants, dipthongs and affricates; (2) analyse speech sounds with time waveforms, spectra and spectograms; (3) analyse the linguistic structure of speech and its normal development; (4) appraise the process of speech and language development, including both normal and abnormal development patterns; (5) evaluate alternative communication strategies, including sign languages, pictorial languages and cued speech; (6) analyse impact of hearing loss on speech perception and speech development; and (7) evaluate common speech and language pathologies including word-finding issues, social communication difficulties, structural language impairments, literacy impairments, voice difficulties and cognitive impairments to the extent that they interfere with communication.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment and (2) theory examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Helen Goulios and Dr Helmy Mulders
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540)
the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology (00840);
the Master of Audiological Sciences (73560)
PHYL5510 Physiology of the Auditory System
for students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Audiology (90540)
the combined Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Clinical Audiology (00840):
PHYL5511 Audiological Instrumental Part 2
PHYL5512 Basic Clinical Audiology Part 2
PHYL5612 Community and Workplace Audiology; for students enrolled in the Master of Audiological Sciences (73560): PHYL5505 Introduction to Ear Diseases and Treatments
PHYL5506 Basic Paediatric Hearing Assessment and PHYL5612 Community and Workplace Audiology
Advisable prior study:
some biology
physiology is recommended
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials/labs: equivalent to 2 hours per week, but delivered in an intensive 5-week course in June‚ÄďAugust; plus a self-paced speech analysis assignment

Borden, G. J. et al. Speech Science Primer: Physiology, Acoustics and Perception of Speech, 3rd edn: Williams & Wilkins 1994


Denes, P. B. and Prinsen, E. N. The Speech Chain: the Physics and Biology of Spoken Language, 2nd edn: Freeman Press 1993

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