SPSC661-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


In this course students evaluate the relative impact of biological, social, cultural, and cognitive factors on speech and language acquisition and critically evaluate theories proposed to account for stages of development. Students compare and contrast techniques of clinical linguistic analysis to equip them to analyse a speech-language sample collected for a case study in order to draw conclusions about the stage of speech/language development reflected by the data.

Learning Outcomes

Upon passing this course, I will:

1. Recall how consonants and vowels are produced in English, and demonstrate competence in
   phonemic (and phonetic, where appropriate) transcription of speech in children and adults.

2. Recognise the acoustic properties of speech sounds and demonstrate basic competence in their
   analyses (i.e., rate, pitch and formant identification).

3. Describe the structural characteristics of standard English, and analyse spoken and written
   English sentences at clause, phrase and word levels.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the stages and processes of typical language development.

5. Demonstrate understanding of social and cognitive factors which influence language  

6. Recognise the defining and differentiating features of te reo Māori.

7. Transcribe and analyse a language sample with the aid of the SALT program.

8. Analyse and reflect on theories of language development in light of data collected in language
   sample analysis assignment.

I will learn this by:

Participating in lectures
Completing assigned readings
Completing practice tasks


Entry subject to approval by the Head of School.


CMDS221, CMDS231

Timetable Note

Rāhina/Monday 9am to 11am A6
Rāapa/Wednesday 9am to 11am Ernest Rutherford 465
Note: All classes will be broadcast live on Echo (accessed through Learn) and recorded, with recordings available shortly after the end of class on the Learn site.

Course Coordinator

Toby Macrae

Course Coordinator and Pūkenga/Lecturer Dr. Toby Macrae
Tari/Office: Jane Soons 402
Waea/Phone: (03) 369-1062
Īmēra/Email: toby.macrae@canterbury.ac.nz
Wā Tari/Office hours: Please email me to make an appointment


Aromatawai/Assessment Information
1. Test (35%): Monday April 4th
  o Covers content from weeks 1 through 6.
2. SALT Assignment (30%): Monday May 30th
  o Students will transcribe and analyse a sample of a preschool child’s conversational language,
    and report on the child’s level of speech and language development.
3. Final Exam (35%): Date TBA
  o Covers content from weeks 8 through 12.

Please note that course grades may be scaled.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

McAllister, J. & Miller, J; Introductory linguistics for speech and language therapy practice ; Wylie Blackwell, 2013.

Recommended Reading

Crystal, D; Rediscover grammar (3rd ed.) ; 3rd ed; Pearson, 2004.

Additional Readings:
Additional required readings will also be listed for each week in the Learn site. Most of these come from the following, with at least two copies of each (hard copy and/or eBook) available in the library:
• Owens, R. E. (2016). Language development: An introduction (9th ed.). Pearson.

The library has a 3-simultaneous-user licence for both the 9th and 10th editions of the eBook:

Greenbaum, S., & Quirk, R. (1990). A student's grammar of the English language. Longman.

• SALT software: http://saltsoftware.com/products/for-nz
• Shriberg, L. D., & Kent, R. D. (2013). Clinical phonetics (4th ed.). Pearson. (See also the
  companion website at www.pearsonhighered.com/shriberg4e)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,158.00

* 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.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

Limited Entry Course

Maximum enrolment is 35

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

All SPSC661 Occurrences

  • SPSC661-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023