Preview Workflow

Viewing: ENG 536 : Research Methods in Phonology

Last approved: Thu, 28 May 2015 08:37:45 GMT

Last edit: Thu, 28 May 2015 08:37:45 GMT

Catalog Pages referencing this course
Change Type
ENG (English)
536
032207
Dual-Level Course
No
Cross-listed Course
No
Research Methods in Phonology
Research Methods Phonology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
English (16ENG)
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Every Year
Fall 2015
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
2
 
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
ENG 584Fall 20147
ENG 584Fall 20138
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded/Audit
3
16
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Seminar3.0
Course Attribute(s)


If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Jeff Mielke
Associate Professor
Assoc

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Seminar1515NoN/A
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Requisite: Enrollment in the Sociolinguistics concentrations of the MA English or PhD Sociology programs or permission of instructor.
Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
No
This course explores laboratory and computational tools for investigating linguistic sound systems (e.g., speech perception experiments, speech production tools such as ultrasound imaging, and computational tools such as automated transcription and acoustic measurement). Requires enrollment in the Sociolinguistics MA or PhD program or permission of instructor.

The course provides training in laboratory and computational tools that are used to study linguistic sound systems, such as speech perception experiments, using ultrasound imaging to study how speech sounds are produced, and using computational infrastructure to automate steps in the analysis of speech data. The course is primarily intended for students who are in the Sociolinguistics concentration of the MA English or the Sociolinguistics track of the Sociology PhD program. Some of these students develop a culminating research paper (e.g. MA capstone project) directly on a topic from the course, and others use what they learn in the course to augment other coursework or research projects (e.g., learning about the production or perception of a variable that is the focus of a community study). The course is also intended for advanced undergraduates, students in other departments such as Foreign Languages and Literatures, and students at UNC-Chapel Hill. It would also be appropriate for students in fields such as Computer Science and Engineering who are interested in speech applications. 


No

Is this a GEP Course?
GEP Categories

Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
&
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 

 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 

 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 

 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 

Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 

 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 

 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 

The course requires the Phonology Laboratory, built in 2013 in Cox 515 (http://phon.wordpress.ncsu.edu/) using startup funds allocated to Jeff Mielke in 2012.

The course is intended to provide students with laboratory and computational tools they can use to enrich their research in linguistic sound systems.


Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the students will be able to:


1. use laboratory techniques for studying language and speech, such as audio and video recording, ultrasound imaging of the tongue, electroglottography, aerodynamic measurement, and perception experiments,

2. apply computational tools involved in collecting and analyzing phonetic data, including phonological databases, forced alignment, scripting in Praat, Python, R, and/or Matlab, and some Linux commands, and 

3. understand some of the main issues of modern phonological theory, including phonological typology and the concept of naturalness.


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Written Assignment50Approximately 5 homework assignments. Students are encouraged to work together (especially with people with complementary skills) and are welcome to turn
in an assignment with more than one name on it.
Discussion10Students are expected to participate actively
in class discussions.
Major Paper40A final research project involving data collection, analysis, and an 8-12 page paper.
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
Phonology (how languages use sound)2-3 weeksexamining databases of phonological patterns in various languages, reading about theoretical frameworks
Articulatory phonetics2-3learning how humans use the vocal tract to produce speech through reading and in-class demonstrations
Ultrasound imaging of the tongue4 weekscollecting ultrasound data of the tongue and applying various techniques for ultrasound data analysis
Other articulatory techniques2 weekschoose one of electroglottography (for studying larynx activity) or oral/nasal airflow measurement, and collect and analyze data
Speech perception experiments2 weeksDesign and run a small speech perception experiment
Research presentations2 weeksIn-class presentation of a research project based on one or more of the previous topics.
Approved by English Grad Studies Committee 3-17-15

ABGS Reviewers approve the proposal and suggest no changes.
gmneugeb (Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:38:19 GMT): Rollback: Accidental approval. Rolling back to CHASS CC Corodinator GR.
ghodge (Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:18:27 GMT): edit student learning outcome "understand" ; send to ABGS reviewers
Key: 7136