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  Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Michigan State University
CSD 232 -- Descriptive Phonetics, Spring Semester 2011

Lecture Class in  Communication Arts Building Room 151 on Tuesdays, 12:40 PM - 1:30 PM
Lab Class
on Thursdays:
(Section 1:) 12:40 PM - 2:30 PM in Room 112 Old Horticulture Building (OHB)
Course Website:  https://www.msu.edu/course/asc/232/

Course Description

John Bryson Eulenberg, Ph.D., Professor

Lab Office: Artificial Language Laboratory, 379 Comm Arts Building
Office: 271 Comm Arts Building
      353-6622 and 353-5399
      517-332-1970 (residence, in emergencies)
      517-896-6655 (mobile phone)

Office Hours: ( by appointment)
Tuesdays 3PM-5PM
Artificial Language Laboratory, 379 Comm Arts Building

E-mail:   eulenber@msu.edu   or John.Eulenberg@gmail.com
Please put this in the Subject Field:  [CSD232S11]
Website: http://www.msu.edu/~eulenber/John

Course Objectives: In this course you will gain familiarity with the theory, terminology, and practical techniques for describing the sounds of spoken language.

You will...

1. learn to use the International Phonetic Alphabet for transcribing speech. 
2. learn to interpret phonetic transcriptions. 
3. learn how to describe speech sounds by articulatory descriptors.
4. learn how to classify speech sounds. 
5. learn about how phonological processes modify speech sounds.
6. learn how to describe dialectical and stylistic variation in speech. 
7. learn about applications of phonetics in 
   a. Speech-Language Pathology (diagnosis and therapy). 
   b. Audiology. 
   c. Language learning. 
   d. Voice Synthesis 
   e. Descriptive, Comparative and Historical Linguistics.
   f. Theatre. 
   g. Augmentative Communication Systems. 

Student Instructional Aide:
Abaries Farhad, CSD Major

Office Hours: By appointment by E-mail (preferred way!):

Required Reading:
1. Clinical Phonetics 3rd Edition by Lawrence D. Shriberg and Raymond D. Kent, Allyn and Bacon, Copyright 2003, ISBN: 0-205-36833-6
2, Occasional Additional Handouts from instructors.

Recommended CDs: Set of 4 Audio CDs to accompany Clinical Phonetics 3rd Edition, ISBN: 0-205-37779-3
Required Software Application:  You are required to download and install the Praat program, found at the following website:
http://www.fon.hum.uva.nl/praat/   Download the current version (ver. 5.2.09), which is available for Windows and Mac OS.
This should be installed on your computer no later than Thursday, January 20, 2011.
This program, which we will use throughout the course, will allow you to see how your own speech sounds can be described in terms of wave form and speech spectrogram. This program is available for both Windows and Mac platforms.

Please Note that you will need to have a speech-quality headset (noise-cancelling microphone and optional earphones).

Work Required and Percentage Applied Toward Final Grade:
20% Weekly laboratory exercises, transcription assignments, and class participation
40% Two interim quizzes (20% each)
40% Final Examination 
The Final Examination will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 12:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Please note that the final examination will start at 12:45 PM, not 12:40 PM

Students with disabilities who require accommodations must first register with the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD).
Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD), 120 Bessey Hall, MSU
Phone: (517) 353-9642    TTY: (517) 355-1293    Fax: (517) 432-3191  Email: rcpd@msu.edu

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Last updated on January 10, 2011