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CSD 232 Fall 2010 Quiz #1 Study Guide

Quiz #1 (20% of total grade points) will be taken in 2243 Engineering Building on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The lab period on Thursday, October 14, 2010 is optional and for review.  If you wish to meet during this time with John Eulenberg or Abaries Farhad, please come to Old Hort Building 141 at this time.

The quiz will cover all material in the book Clinical Phonetics 3rd Edition by Lawrence D. Shriberg and Raymond D. Kent, Chapters 1 through 5 and Chapter 10 (Acoustic Phonetics) and will also cover concepts covered in all labs, including the acoustic phonetics lab.

The emphasis will be on the following:

  1. Familiarity with all vowels, diphthongs, and consonants covered to date (including r-colored vowels, syllabic consonants, alveolar flap, and understanding of stress) 
  2. Creating and interpreting phonetic transcription 
Specifically, the test will have the following kinds of questions:
  1. Write phonetic symbols corresponding to given articulatory descriptors and supply the articulatory descriptors for given phonetic symbols. E.g., given [i], you would match it with "high front unrounded tense vowel"; Write [n], for the descriptors "(lingua) alveolar sonorant nasal consonant". Given "high front vowel", write the symbol [i]. Be able to classify vowels as rounded/unrounded, tense/lax, stressed/unstressed, rhotic/nonrhotic.
  2. Phoneme Charts (See Handouts, Also Available on Website) 
    1. Fill in the skeleton of the vowel chart, including labels for "High", "High-Mid", "Mid", "Low-Mid", "Low", "Front", "Back", and "Central" with symbols placed appropriately. Include the series of r-colored vowels and diphthongs. See handouts, also available on course website. 
    2. Fill in the skeleton of the consonant chart, including all labels. See handouts, also available on course website. 
  3. Transcribe from dictation. You will hear a word or phrase spoken and you will then supply the phonetic transcription for that word or phrase as it was dictated. This is similar to the exercises we have done in class. 
  4. Interpretation of phonetic transcription. You will be given utterances transcribed in IPA. Give the standard English orthographic representation (spelling) of the utterance. This is similar to exercises we have done in class.
  5. Interpretation of time domain and spectrographic representations of the speech wave. E.g., can you tell if you're looking at a vowel or a stop consonant? Be able to state briefly the characteristics of each, as expressed in both time domain and spectrographic representation.
     6. Definitions. Know the vocabulary words given in the glossary at the end of each chapter or introduced in the lecture notes which have been passed out. For acoustic phonetics, know amplitude, cycle, formant (frequency), frequency, piezoelectric effect, spectrogram, waveform, wave period. Calculate the fundamental frequency (F0) given the length (in milliseconds or seconds) of the glottal pulse period (t ) of a periodic speech signal (such as a vowel). 
Bring a calculator to make F0 calculations (Cell phones are not to be used for this purpose).