Fall 2020 - LING 330 D100

Phonetics (3)

Class Number: 2493

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • 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, and applications of speech research will be addressed. The course makes extensive use of concepts from basic physics. Exams and assignments require computational skills.

Although most content will be delivered asynchronously, some lecture material, quizzes and the midterm exam will be synchronous. For the synchronous content (provided via Zoom), students must be on-line during the first regularly scheduled class hour each week [i.e., every Tuesday @ 2:30 PM], or credit will not be given.  Students must have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection at these times.

Blended: Instruction takes place through pre-recorded lectures and all materials available on Canvas, but there are also online meetings for which participation is mandatory.

NB: All students are required to participate in collaborative group work (for credit) with other students. This work requires access to a computer with online chat functions.


  • Class participation and engagement [incl. 10 hours of synchronous content via Zoom] 10%
  • Group Assignments 30%
  • Online Synchronous Midterm Examination [Canvas] 30%
  • Synchronous Quizzes [Canvas] 30%


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” 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)




  • Praat: doing phonetics by computer. Available free at < https://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/praat/>.
  • A spreadsheet program, such as Excel, for analysis assignments.
  • A calculator app with a log10 function.

A set of headphones or earbuds for listening to recorded speech material on a computer. (Computer speakers are not adequate for this purpose.)



Reetz, H., & Jongman, A. (2020). Phonetics: Transcription, Production, Acoustics, and Perception. Wiley-Blackwell. Second Edition

Note to students: This text is available electronically through the SFU Library. If you purchase a copy, be sure to select the second edition. The first edition cannot be used.

ISBN: 978-1118712955

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


Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).