Phonetics: Advanced Concepts (PGT) ENGLANG5107

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course provides Masters' students the opportunity to learn more about speech sounds in a range of contexts and through the detailed study of a number of perspectives on speech, e.g. clinical, perceptual, neural, and social. They will learn how to interpret and present key academic research, and will develop practical skills in production and identification of speech, as well as carrying out precise instrumental measurements.


8 x 2-hr lectures; 9 x 2-hr practical sessions (comprising 1x1-hr workshop; 1x1-hr follow-up guided independent study) as scheduled on MyCampus.

This course may be taught in conjunction with ENGLANG4049, as scheduled on MyCampus.


This is one of the MSc options available in English Language and Linguistics, and for the MSc in Speech, Language & Sociolinguistics, and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College level.

It is recommended that students will have taken Level 5 Introduction to Phonetics, or have equivalent background in Phonetics from previous study.

Excluded Courses





Essay (1,500 words) - 30%

Essay (2,000 words) - 40%

Speech measurement task - 10%

In class oral assessment (40 minutes) - 20%

Course Aims

This course will provide students with the opportunity to:

■ Develop a detailed understanding of speech sounds in context;

■ Synthesize and critically assess key current, specialist, research perspectives on speech, e.g. clinical phonetics, speech perception, sociophonetics;

■ Develop and apply specialist practical skills for identifying, producing, and measuring speech sounds also using mainstream speech analysis software

■ Interpret acoustic phonetic measures for selected speech data in the light of current phonetic theory

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify and describe in detail key aspects of vowels and consonants including contextual realization and function;

■ Critically evalute key terms and concepts from a number of current research perspectives on speech;

■ use, interpret and critically evaluate data obtained by means of specialist instrumental phonetic techniques for investigating speech;

■ make and record precise measurements from acoustic representations of speech;

■ apply specialist practical phonetic skills to produce and transcribe various forms of English speech sounds

■ Communicate the findings and interpretation of current academic research in phonetics to a specialist/non-specialist audience;

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.