LING307-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)

Topics in Phonetics and Phonology

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


This course follows on from second-year phonetics and phonology, covering selected advanced topics and current research in phonetics and phonological theory.

This course focuses on phonetic and phonological variability, with special emphasis on multimodal speech. We explore the many factors that condition speech production and perception, including the sound's phonetic nature, communication context, as well as multimodal perception (auditory, visual, somatosensory). In addition, we address the question of why variability occurs in the first place and how it shapes sound patterns. In doing so, we will critically examine theoretical approaches of speech production and perception. Throughout the course, students will get hands-on experience discovering variable patterns and their conditioning factors, using acoustics, speech airflow, and ultrasound imaging of the tongue.

Prerequisite LING212

Learning Outcomes

As a student in this course you will acquire skills in: Critical reading and writing, problem solving, research design, data collection, and presentation, and doing phonetic and phonological analysis. You will also get a basic introduction to statistics and data visualization.

You will also have the opportunity to practice presenting your research, and should be able to put together a well reasoned and clearly presented short presentation using PowerPoint.




LING301, LING311

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00 Online Delivery
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 Online Delivery
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Contact Person

Donald Derrick


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Homework Assignment 30% x 3
Project 60%
Participation 10%


Prerequisite LING212

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,687.00

International fee $7,900.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Language, Social and Political Sciences .

All LING307 Occurrences

  • LING307-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024
  • LING307-24S1 (D) Semester One 2024 (Distance)