Summer 2021 - LING 401 D100

Topics in Phonetics (3)

Class Number: 1215

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    LING 330.



Advanced training in speech sound description and analysis in the impressionistic and instrumental modes.


This is an Intersession course: Wednesday, May 12 - Monday, June 21, 2021.

This course is a continuation of the basic introduction to phonetics (LING 330) and will provide a more detailed survey of some areas in acoustic, auditory, and articulatory phonetics. Topics to be covered include vocal tract acoustics, speaker normalization, coarticulation, prosody, theories of speech perception and auditory word recognition, neurophonetics, the phonetics of second language acquisition, as well as computerized methods for speech analysis and speech perception testing methods. In addition, a number of ‘hands on’ projects will be part of the course.

MODE OF INSTRUCTION: Remote, combined synchronous (Zoom meetings with instructor or TA during scheduled class time) and asynchronous.


  • Assignments and Participation 25%
  • Projects 40%
  • Final Project 35%


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.

All seats are reserved for students in an approved Linguistics or Cognitive Science program as follows: 75% for Majors and 25% for Extended Minor, Certificate in the Linguistics of Speech Science, and Post-Baccalaureate (LING) Diploma students. This reserve remains in effect until Marchr 28, 2021. After this date, any unfilled reserved spaces will become available to any approved LING/COGS program student meeting the prerequisite(s).

This course has an auto waitlist until the end of the first week of classes, students will be added in priority order. The Department will remove non-program students on the waitlist without any notification during the initial 3 week registration release.


PLATFORMS: Canvas / BB Collaborate / Zoom

TECHNOLOGY REQUIRED: Computer, Internet, Microphone



Reetz, H. & Jongman, A. (2020). Phonetics: Transcription, Production, Acoustics, and Perception. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
ISBN: 978-1118712955


Hardcastle, W.J. (Editor), Laver J. (Editor), and Gibbon, F.E. (Editor). (2012). The Handbook of Phonetic Sciences. (2nd edition). Blackwell. 
ISBN: 978-1405145909

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students should familiarize themselves with the Department's Standards on Class Management and Student Responsibilities.

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.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site 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.


Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  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 ( or 778-782-3112).