Fall 2021 - LING 813 G100

Topics in Linguistics IV (3)

Applied Phonetics

Class Number: 1715

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM



In-depth treatment of a selected area of Linguistics. Specific topics will vary from offering to offering.


An overview of research and applications in contemporary forensic phonetics. We will read and discuss a selection of original journal articles covering voice analysis and description, earwitness testimony, forensic voice comparison, vocal disguise, content determination, and Bayesian logic. We will also examine research designs used in forensic speech investigations, and gain experience analyzing data and presenting it effectively.

Registrants in LING 813 are subject to some of the same requirements as LING 411 registrants: participation and engagement, short analyses and quizzes, but not the midterm exam. In addition, 813 students will complete an empirical assignment in forensic speech science on an approved topic.


  • Attendance, participation and engagement 10%
  • Short analysis assignments 25%
  • Quizzes 25%
  • Term Project (High quality manuscript adhering to APA Style Requirements) 40%


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).



  • Students are required to obtain an iClicker (both older and newer models are acceptable) which is to be brought to every class.
  • Students must have access to a computer (Mac, Windows or Linux) with spreadsheet software for analysis assignments.


Although there are no required textbooks, a number of readings (available on-line) will be assigned.

Graduate Studies Notes:

Important dates and deadlines for graduate students are found here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/current/important_dates/guidelines.html. The deadline to drop a course with a 100% refund is the end of week 2. The deadline to drop with no notation on your transcript is the end of week 3.

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 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.