Spring 2023 - LING 330 B100

Phonetics (3)

Class Number: 2668

Delivery Method: Blended


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SWH 10061, Burnaby

  • 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 particular focus on the acoustic properties of speech. A variety of issues in speech production, digital analysis of speech, speech perception, and applications of speech research will be addressed. The course makes extensive reference to concepts from basic physics. Exams, quizzes and short assignments require computational skills.


  • Participation and engagement 15%
  • Group Assignments 25%
  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Quizzes 30%
  • 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. 




1) Textbook: Reetz, H., & Jongman, A. (2020). Phonetics: Transcription, Production, Acoustics, and Perception.  Wiley-Blackwell. Second edition. ISBN: 978-1-118-71295-5. Electronic addition is available on-line through the SFU library. (Earlier edition cannot be used.) 

2) Software: Praat: doing phonetics by computer. Available at <https://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/praat/>. Audacity audio software. Available at https://www.audacityteam.org. Excel spreadsheet software

3) 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. 

4) 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. 


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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.

Students requiring accommodations as a result of a disability must contact the Centre for Accessible Learning (778-782-3112 or caladmin@sfu.ca).

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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