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CSCD1034: Linguistics and Phonetics

Students will explore the nature of language: introduction to phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics and orthographic systems, , with a clinical focus. Particular emphasis on grammar, phonetics and articulation assessment and intervention. Analysis of language for clinical purposes (especially grammar transcription and phonetic transcription skills). This unit of study prepares students with the necessary background knowledge to undertake phonology, language and clinical units later in the course.

Code CSCD1034
Academic unit Communication Sciences
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify and differentiate component levels of oral and written language such as form (phonology/orthography), meaning (semantics), and structure (morphology/syntax)
  • LO2. describe and compare key theories and models of key linguistic processes such as spoken word recognition and semantic representation
  • LO3. explain the reasons why there is more to communication than simply describing component parts (e.g. pragmatics)
  • LO4. identify health and education professionals that work with spoken and written language and its component parts
  • LO5. interpret and apply scientific information on linguistics that is necessary for speech pathology (e.g. regarding bilingualism)
  • LO6. become familiar with scientific research. Conduct keyword or author searches for scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals relevant to linguistic and phonetics
  • LO7. demonstrate competence in analysis of syntax/grammar
  • LO8. develop an understanding of professional communication and how it will impact on your role as a health professional
  • LO9. demonstrate skills in understanding and using professional oral English
  • LO10. demonstrate skills in listening to and correctly recording in writing information using professional written English
  • LO11. demonstrate competence in broad (phonemic) transcription of adult and child Australian English (as assessed by a barrier task). Use appropriate diacritics for clinical evaluation
  • LO12. describe, apply, interpret and integrate scientific information on phonetics and phonology to speech pathology contexts
  • LO13. explain the importance of reliability measures and be able to evaluate your own phonemic transcription reliability
  • LO14. map vowels and diphthongs onto an acoustic-articulatory map from knowledge of the values of the first two formants. Interpret this information when provided with a complete map
  • LO15. choose an appropriate sampling rate when digitally recording speech signals for analysis in clinical and research settings
  • LO16. identify individual phonemes in a spectrograph of connected speech and relate the findings of spectrographic analysis to articulatory function using the Source-Filter model of speech production
  • LO17. compare the vowels of various dialects of English (including Australian English, including ethnic and Aboriginal varieties) by using an acoustic-articulatory map and interpreting the map in acoustic and articulatory terms
  • LO18. explain simultaneous and sequential bilingualism as it relates to the development of speech production, spoken and written language.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.