PHYL5513 Speech, Language and Communication

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (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) explain principles of acoustic phonetics, including the production of vowels, consonants, dipthongs and affricates; (2) explain the analysis of speech sounds with time waveforms, spectra and spectograms; (3) explain the linguistic structure of speech and its normal development; (4) explain process of speech development and normal and abnormal development patterns; (5) explain alternative communication strategies, including sign language and cued speech; and (6) explain impact of hearing loss on speech perception and speech development.
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);
PHYL5510 Physiology of the Auditory System
PHYL5511 Audiological Instrumental Part 2, PHYL5512 Basic Clinical Audiology Part 2, PHYL5514 Evoked Responses in Clinical Diagnosis
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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