Fall 2019 - LING 330 D100

Phonetics (3)

Class Number: 1568

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Tue, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Thu, 2:30–3:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    LING 282W; or LING 221 and any lower division W course.



A survey of methods of speech sound description and transcription.


An introduction to the science of phonetics, with a focus on the acoustic properties of speech. A variety of issues in speech production, computer analysis of speech, speech perception, and applications of speech research will be addressed. The course makes extensive use of concepts from basic physics. Exams and assignments require computational skills.


  • Class attendance, participation and engagement 10%
  • Group assignments 20%
  • Midterm exam 30%
  • Quizzes 40%
  • No Final Exam


It is strongly recommended that you see the Student Advisor regarding your degree requirements at least two semesters before you plan to graduate.  Unless you meet both faculty and major/minor requirements, your graduation cannot be approved.

Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities at http://www.sfu.ca/linguistics/undergraduate/standards.html.

Please note that a grade of “FD” (Failed-Dishonesty) may be assigned as a penalty for academic dishonesty.

All student requests for accommodations for their religious practices must be made in writing by the end of the first week of classes or no later than one week after a student adds a course.

Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca).



1) Textbook: Reetz, H., & Jongman, A. (2008). Phonetics: Transcription, Production, Acoustics, and Perception. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN: 9780631232261
2) For quizzes and examinations, students are required to bring a hand-held calculator with basic functions. Phones, tablets and computers may not be used for this purpose.
3) Students are required to obtain an iClicker (both older and newer models are acceptable), which is to be brought to every class.
4) All students are required to participate in group work (for credit) and all must have access to a computer (Mac, Windows or Linux) with spreadsheet software for analysis assignments.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html